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Snehalatha Gantla

PhD Candidate in Assets and Inequalities concentration
Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University


Sneha Gantla is a doctoral student in the Assets and Inequalities concentration at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Her primary aim is to work at the intersection of sociology and policy, by completing the Joint PhD program in Social Policy and Sociology. She received her BA in Sociology and English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MPP from Oregon State University, and has a deep background in social science research. Sneha’s broader research agenda is to investigate how symbolic and social boundaries function to (re)produce and maintain social inequities through the weaponization of narratives about difference. Further, she plans to partner with community organizations to lift-up projects that transform these boundaries and produce equity, social mobility and citizenry. Her main area of interest is the intersectional, sociopolitical space of immigration, race/ethnicity, and citizenship rights. Presently, Sneha is working at the Institute of Assets and Social Policy and Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy on immigrant integration and empowerment economics.