Rubini Naidu

Rubini Naidu

Research Interest

Research Sub-interest

Development, Media and Technology


South Asia Diaspora; India


Rubini Naidu is examining the decolonization of international development through visual storytelling and social enterprise. Rubini is currently a US Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar in India, where she is partnering with women and children’s empowerment grassroot organizations to create an online social mobilization platform that helps meet their needs to make local change. Her research integrates ethnographic methodologies, radical decolonization of development, and social entrepreneurship to explore how visual narratives directly from disenfranchised populations can mobilize relevant support from community members, public agencies, and the private sector. Rubini has worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute of Population and Reproductive Health, and has served as a Fellow for the Foundation for Sustainable Development in East Africa. Rubini is a TEDxCMU speaker and has received accolades like Phi Beta Kappa.


Columbia University, MA in Anthropology, 2018
Carnegie Mellon University, BA in Psychology and English, 2016