Advisor: Zephyr Frank
Class of 2022
Natasha's childhood was divided between the neighborhood blocks of St. Louis and the busy streets of New Delhi. The intersectionality of her identities as a Jewish-American and Indian woman has offered her different lenses to painfully view the same scenario of persecution time and time again. As she’s grown, Natasha has set her sights from the pavement of her childhood to the larger global landscape. She’s worked in unionizing undocumented Latinx childcare providers with an internship at Harvard University, engaging in grassroots organizing for custodial staff working minimum wage jobs in the St. Louis City, building community among HIV/AIDS-positive youth in New Delhi and organizing the largest BLM protest in St. Louis history during the pandemic. Her activism in city settings has informed her current research interests: the implementation of safe urban infrastructure for women in Mexico City.
Natasha graduated from UC Irvine with degrees in International Studies and Spanish, where she gained a special curiosity for studying global urban inequalities. After studying abroad in Mexico City, and frequently using the metro, she became curious about the role of sexual assault in public spaces. Natasha's honors thesis explored the efficacy of Mexico City's proposed policies to gender violence on transportation and suggests more substantial solutions. As the nature of this research became increasingly urgent, she was pleased to have this piece selected for publication with the USC Journal, the Southern California International Review (SCIR). Her goal is to offer working-class Mexican women a sense of autonomy over space: a reclamation of power in a physical form, in an urban setting.
Natasha plans to continue this research at Stanford, looking further into the sociology of Mexico City's public spaces and urban design, investigating their implications for sexual violence, and most importantly, reimagining feminist approaches to public transit. If time permits, she would also like to explore the role of social media and technology in possibly enabling sexual assault in public spaces and limiting Mexican women's mobility. Natasha is excited to study Portuguese, learn about her colleague's research interests and is eager at the thought of collaboration. In her free time, she goes on runs, enjoys dancing with friends, and trying new food.