Srinivas Chokkakula is a Ph D candidate at the Department of Geography, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He is pursuing his doctoral research on interstate water disputes and democratization in India. He has his earlier degrees in civil engineering, environmental planning and geography. Before moving to US for doctoral studies, he worked in India for about ten years in the broad areas of development planning and environmental management in nonprofit settings. His research interests include local planning and governance in India, state-society relations, natural resource planning and development, and, disaster management.
Hester Betlem completed B.A.in South Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, went on to complete a Masters in Human Rights Studies from the School for International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, New York City in 2003. She is currently working towards her PhD in Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Her interests include Law, Belief and Sexuality. She is presently doing her field research among Mathamma women in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, where she is looking at the manner in which dedicated women inhabit (or not) the languages of law and social reform in everyday practice.