Rania Putri is an MPP candidate at the Jackson School of Global Affairs focusing on arts and cultural policies as drivers of economic and social development, particularly within the Southeast Asian region. At Jackson, she is looking to learn about policy designs and funding systems that could support local artistic communities as well as the management of cultural assets. She is particularly interested in how policymakers can help establish platforms of exhibition or distribution of cultural outputs to improve accessibility and, crucially, the visibility of marginalized groups.

Prior to Yale, Rania was a research associate at the J-PAL Southeast Asia office in Jakarta, where she worked with Indonesian government and stakeholders on conducting randomized evaluations that aim to improve policy designs. She previously contributed to the Ajyal Film Festival in Qatar as a juror for the documentary and political memoirs genres. Rania graduated with first-class honors from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with a BSc in government and economics. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a research assistant at LSE’s Electoral Psychology Observatory for an ongoing project on first-time voters. She was also a contributor for Lacuna Lit, a women-led creative writing journal; an editor for LSE’s oldest magazine The Clare Market Review; and a committee member of the Visual Arts Society.