Nina Bhatt is a Senior Social Scientist with the Middle East and North Africa Region Sustainable Development Department. She coordinates Social Safeguards for the Region, and is also the MNSSD Focal Point on Gender. Before moving to MENA Nina was with the East Asia and Pacific Region, where she was Regional Gender Coordinator. Prior to joining the Bank, Nina worked for CARE, the Ford Foundation, and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management (Nepal). She has been an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, and taught graduate and undergraduate classes at Yale. Nina holds a PhD in Anthropology from Yale University and BA in English Literature from Smith College. Her doctoral dissertation, "King of the Jungle: An Ethnographic Study of Identity, Power, and Politics among Nepali National Park Staff," is a study on how civil servants conceptualize social relations at the local, national, and international levels. Nina has authored peer review publications with an emphasis on agrarian and environmental studies, gender, and identity politics.