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I am an assistant professor of International and Global Studies at Portland State University. My disciplinary training is in Geography, Gender Relations in International Development, Development Studies, and Physical Sciences.

I live in Portland, OR, in the picturesque American Pacific NW. I have lived (and attended grad school) in Urbana-Champaign in central Illinois; Athens in southeast Ohio; and in Guwahati, an Indian city on the banks of Tsangpo/ Brahmaputra river. I grew up and attended college in Hyderabad in southern India, a city founded in 1589 AD with enduring connections to Iran and Turkey, and lived briefly in a German coastal town called Kiel, around 55 miles from Denmark border, as a toddler with a sadly limited cognition of life just a few months prior to the German unification!

I use this website to document my past and ongoing research, teaching, and service. Please feel free to send me an email to connect (or re-connect!) with me. Happy browsing!

Email: rai@pdx.edu | Phone: 503-725-3451

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