Theoretical Behavioral Ecology
Disregard the course option I listed. I took AAS187C with her, the Hmong class as people like to call it, and I was not completely satisfied. While Bays is knowledgeable on the topic based on her past experiences, she fails to cater to what the students expect from the course, let alone an Asian American Studies course. Granted she is an anthropology/women's studies teacher, a lot of her lectures are drawn from her background knowledge from those fields. I've come to realize that I really detest anthro from taking her class. If she ever does teach this course again, I would take it for the sake of learning (slightly) more about the Hmong people... however this has to be one of my least favorite classes within my major. Her lectures were pretty dry, and we honestly did not even talk about the Hmong most of the time. She is pretty cold during class, but I hear she warms up more during office hours. Give it a go if you'd like.
I DID NOT TAKE 185A this thing wasn't letting em post without selecting something. When I took her first class in spring of 2009 on Gender and Development IDS 191, I was uncertain about the focus I wanted in development. My regional focus I knew was Pakistan, but the country has so many problems, my main question was: Where can I start. Professor Nandani’s course was able to answer most of my questions. After three weeks I knew I wanted to aspire to be just like her. Empowering women in rural Pakistan has become my passion. Professors Nandin’s course lectures helped me realize my passion in the field of gender and development. I was able to critically reflect on readings for the course and could apply them to case studies. One of the major reasons as to why no professor has been able to inspire me the way professor Nandini has is because she teaches with passion. Her main goal is to make sure that when we leave UCLA we are fully equipped to take on our responsibilities as developers. She simplifies concepts for us in such a way that the concepts never leave our minds. They form the core development frameworks that I keep in mind whenever I have carried out research. She is an incredible mentors and advisor. I can practically talk to her about anything, and will always leave the room feeling empowered, strong, inspired and purposeful. I am currently doing an independent study under her guidance on “Women in Poverty in Pakistan”. The purpose of this project is so that I find a focus on an area within the field of gender and development. Despite her busy schedule professor Nandani has taken out the time to help me in my project because she believes that we as IDS students strive for something meaningful and can bring out about change. In my case she believes in my endeavors and recognizes the sincerity and commitment I have towards eliminating poverty on Pakistan. It is my wish to have Professor Gunewardena as an advisor in grad school. Unfortunately, UCLA does not have a development program.Professor Nandani has an understanding that a lot of professors who teach IDS courses don not have. This has a lot to do with the fact that she has so much on the ground experience but also because she herself has roots in a developing country, Srilanka. She genuinely feels for the injustices and inequalities that exist in developing countries while understanding the cultural and social limitations that exist. I will recommend taking all of her classes. Professor Nandini is a very fair grader and her exams are constructed so that she tests our core concepts... she is not interested in tricking students and making us write and write for hours. There are a very few classes at UCLA from i which i have actually "learned" soemthinhg... so if you are interesting in learning and being inspired at the same time TAKE HER CLASSSS!!!! SHE IS AWESOME!