Dev Banerji graduated with high honors from UT Austin in 2009, where he earned degrees in English and psychology. Soon afterward he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the mountains of northern Thailand. There, Dev was elected onto the HIV/AIDS Committee and worked with local NGOs, high schools and rural communities to design and implement HIV/AIDS and Life Skills workshops. He lived in a Shan village a stone's throw from Burma and developed an English curriculum at the local schools. Peace Corps was such a once-in-a-lifetime experience that Dev decided to make it twice-in-a-lifetime and served soon after as a university instructor in Guizhou, China's poorest province. He taught English literature, writing, and cross-cultural studies; most of his students came from rural farming villages and were the first of their families to attend college. Most recently, Dev returned to Thailand as program manager of an NGO in Chiang Mai that offers aid to young male victims of sex trafficking. During this time he oversaw a substance abuse project, which provided harm reduction services to at-risk groups, and researched the male sex industry in Asia through the lens of human rights and forced migrant labor.