Abha Lal

I am a first year PhD student in the anthropology department at Rice University. My research interests are in sanitation infrastructure and the problem of "open defecation." In particular, I am interested in the social, cultural, political and ecological factors surrounding the use and disuse of toilets in South Asia; taking state and developmental approaches to open defecation as the problem, rather than open defecation itself.

I received a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College, and prior to attending Rice, I worked as a journalist and editor in Kathmandu.

Research Areas

Sanitation, South Asia, Waste, Infrastructure, Climate Change, Development


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