Nandeeni Patel is a MPP student focused on international security and economic development in the Indo-Pacific region. Before coming to Yale, she was a Fulbright research student in Sri Lanka, studying Indian and Chinese competition on the island nation. Her Fulbright research was an extension of her honors thesis, “The Sri Lanka-China-India Triangle: A Regional Power Transition.” As a Fulbright grantee, Nandeeni served as a Guest Research Scholar at the Bandaranaike Center for International Studies (BCIS), lecturing IR Diploma students on issues like nuclear proliferation while engaging in cross-cultural diplomacy with the U.S. embassy in Sri Lanka and the BCIS. She received her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College (CMC) in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE).  At CMC, Nandeeni focused her academic work on Indian politics and foreign policy. After Yale, Nandeeni is look for opportunities in political consulting and multilateral diplomacy. Nandeeni speaks Gujarati, Hindi, German, and conversational Sinhala.