• Committee: Joanna Regulska, Charlotte Bunch
  • Post-MA Employment/Education: Executive Director, Kudumbashree State Poverty Eradication Mission, Kerala, India
  • Thesis/Practicum: Practicum: Center for Rural Studies and Development (Anantapur, India)

Valsala Kumar Bhargavi is a feminist activist and a civil servant working for the Government of Kerala, India. She served as the Director of the Social Welfare Department in charge of Women and Children in Kerala state for 3 years and was subsequently appointed as Secretary of the Statutory Women's Commission of Kerala for 2 years. In 1999, she was the recipient of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship awarded by the US Government for mid-career professionals with proven track record of leadership. Under the auspices of the Humphrey Fellowship, she completed a Master's in Planning and Urban Development at the Bloustein School of Rutgers University. After completing her M.A. in Women's and Gender studies at Rutgers, she went on to pursue a PhD in the department, which she completed in 2011.