Ravina Aggarwal has worked in India from the foundation's New Delhi office since 2006. Her grant making has advanced issues of democratic expression and media access in marginalized communities.
Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Ravina spent 12 years at Smith College in Massachusetts, where she taught in the anthropology department. Her scholarship focused on media studies, political anthropology, gender, and expressive culture. Her most recent research explored the significance of regional radio in India. Ravina's extensive field research in the trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh on the Indian border resulted in several publications, including an ethnographic book, two edited volumes, and various articles.
Ravina is one of the founding editors of the journal Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism and a founding trustee of LAMO, a nonprofit arts and media organization in Ladakh. She has a PhD in anthropology from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree from St. Xavier's College in Mumbai.