GRADUATE STUDENT | LAURA CHIROT
Laura Chirot is a PhD candidate studying the political economy of development in Southeast Asia. She is interested in the drivers of industrial and social upgrading in global supply chains, and her dissertation examines the relationship between governance and upgrading in several fast-growing industries in Vietnam, including aquaculture and garments. She is also conducting research on labor standards in the Indonesian garment industry, focused on on interactions between domestic labor market institutions and Better Work Indonesia, an initiative of the International Labor Organization.
Laura is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Boren Fellowship. Prior to coming to MIT, she worked for the Harvard Vietnam Program in Ho Chi Minh City and the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, DC. She has also worked as a graduate intern in the Office of Southeast Asia and Pacific Affairs at the US Trade Representative. Laura holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University.