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Meril Antony, MPA

Meril Antony
SPAA PhD Candidate

Meril Antony is a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark. Her research interests are centered around urban policy, social equity, public management leadership, and performance management theories. Her dissertation research focuses on the problem of co-production barriers or facilitators in a U.S. school context. Using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, the dissertation will identify agent-based and organizational barriers such as the presence of social/cultural capital and school efforts to curtail or enhance parents' own efforts at home and school toward their child's education. Her idea of conducting research is to be at the nexus of civil society and academia that allows an understanding of how partnerships can be strengthened for enhancing social impact. 


  • MPA: Rutgers University–Newark, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Public Administration (2017)
  • MA: Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, Economics (2012)
  • BA: University of Delhi, St. Stephen’s College, India, Economics (2009)