rachel philip

With an interdisciplinary background in English Literature, Sociology and Education, my work explores the links between the social, the political and the historical manifested in educational trajectories of individuals and institutions. 

My research falls in the areas of Science and Society Studies, Sociology of Childhood, Political Sociology and Education Policy.

I serve as an Assistant Professor at the School of Liberal Arts (SoLA), Indian Insitute of Technology, Jodhpur, India. I am also an Affiliate Faculty with the Center for Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Development (CETSD) and Center for Education and Technology in Education (CETE), IIT Jodhpur.



'The Nation's Got Talent: Education, Experimentation and Policy Discourses in India', my first book, is now available on Amazon

This book explores the construction of the idea of the ‘talented’ student in India and its relationship to the discourse of the ‘nation’. It historically situates the evolution of the National Science Talent Search (NSTS) and its subsequent avatar, the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) with state sponsored ideas and practices of ‘nation-building’. It also delves into how individuals who wrote and cleared the examination inhabit this identity of the ‘talented’.

Drawing on policy documents and institutional literature of over fifty years as well as interviews with past winners of the NSTS/NTSE, including a Nobel laureate, this book is a major intervention in the field of South Asian studies, public policy and education.

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