Hello world! I’m Sandeep Prasanna.
I am pursuing a joint degree in law (J.D.) and public policy (M.P.P. in Global Public Affairs) at the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. During the 2013-14 school year, I served as Editor-in-Chief of Volume 18 of the UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs, and I directed the journal’s symposium in the spring of 2013. I co-founded and am a current student co-director of the UCLA International Justice Project, which pairs law students with foreign human rights NGOs in need of research aid. In 2013, I was an Associate Editor of the ICC Forum, a joint project between the School of Law and the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. In 2012 and 2013, I directed student trips to Tucson, Arizona, to provide legal research aid on U.S.-Mexico border issues. While at UCLA, I have had the chance to complete internships or projects in The Hague, Johannesburg, Geneva, and eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
I was a weekly contributor to The Economist’s Johnson blog on language from 2012 to 2013 under the byline S.A.P.
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.