Hello world! I’m Sandeep Prasanna.
I’m currently a second-year law student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law. I’m one of the two diacritics at The Diacritics, a language blog, and I’m a regular contributor to The Economist‘s Johnson blog. Since beginning law school, I’ve traveled a bit: to Johannesburg, South Africa, to work for the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, a human rights legal group; and to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to do legal research for the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project. I am a student co-director of UCLA’s International Justice Project, a co-director of the International Human Rights Law Association’s alternative spring break program, and a co-director of the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs 2013 symposium.
In 2011, I graduated from Duke University, where I studied a major of my own design–an interdisciplinary combination of psychology, evolutionary anthropology, and linguistics. I graduated with distinction after completing an honors thesis with the Hominoid Psychology Research Group, under Dr. Brian Hare, examining the mechanisms behind human cooperation. I was the co-president of Diya, Duke’s South Asian student group, and a member of Speak of the Devil, an a cappella group. I wrote a bi-weekly column on linguistics and life, “Hooked on Phonetics,” for Duke’s daily, The Chronicle. I spent one summer working for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, and another (adventurous) summer in the southwestern Indian jungle with SAI Sanctuary. I continue to learn Indian classical music from Pandit Nagarajrao Havaldar and spent my high school years traveling between New Jersey and Bangalore, India, to get trained.
Contact me via gmail at saprasanna. I’m also on Twitter @SAPrasanna.