Undergraduate Program

Shalini Rao

Shalini Rao

Undergraduate Student

Hi! My name is Shalini and I'm a rising Senior in Winthrop House concentrating in government with a secondary in medical anthropology. 

Initially, I was one of those kids stuck between majoring in social studies or gov, and now I am more than happy that I have chosen the latter. I've always been interested in understanding how the world works, particularly in global politics, and I eventually want to go to law school. I've taken a variety of courses in the subfields of gov, and a few anthropology courses, and I would love to answer any questions you may have. 

Extracurricularly, I have volunteered for the Mission Hill After School Program, and I am also on the Crimson, the Harvard Speech and Parliamentary Debate Society, and an advocate for Health Leads, a non-profit organization that connects low-income patients with basic resources. Last summer I interned at a health policy and community development NGO in Delhi, India that works to deliver healthcare to slum areas, and the previous summer I interned for my Canadian Member of Parliament. My summer before senior year I will be in Rio de Janeiro doing thesis research on housing rights and mega-sporting events.

Please get in touch if you have any questions at all and I would be more than happy to tell you as much as I can.

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Gov 20: Introduction to Comparative Politics


Gov 1510: American Constitutional Law

Gov 1790: American Foreign Policy

Gov 98hf: Fire and Ice- Canada/US Border Relations

Gov 1760: International Relations of East Asia

Gov 1118: Political Geography 

Gov 97: (Sophomore Tutorial) Democracy

Ethical Reasoning 22: Justice

US in the World 15: Is the American Racial Order Being Transformed?

Gov 98ek: Globalization and Private Governance

Gov 98fh: Politics at the Grassroots (Brazil)


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