Author Archives: Isha Bhallamudi

Isha Bhallamudi is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her work lies at the intersections of gender, technology, culture, inequality, youth and work in India. She also holds an Integrated Masters in Development Studies from IIT Madras, India.
Pictured some female school students, seemingly in Indian public school uniform, in blue colored clothes. The girl in front is holding up a paper and looking to her left.

Girls, Gadgets, and Gatekeepers: What is Ethical Feminist Fieldwork When Working with Children?

There is no Institutional Review Board (IRB) or equivalent body in India. The ethics of research are left to the purview of researchers, their supervisors, and departments. Therefore, as an international PhD student, I first encountered the IRB when planning my MA project at UC Irvine, where I investigated the intersectional effects of gender and class within the family, and how they shape differential access to mobile phones for adolescents in urban India. (read more...)