Rajiv Narayan
Rajiv Narayan

I'm currently a contributing curator at Upworthy and a grad student at the University of Oxford, where I study Medical Anthropology. In the last year I was an Associate at the healthcare information firm Close Concerns, where I covered research, drug, and policy developments in obesity and public health. Before that I was a Research Assistant at Social Policy Research Associates. And not too long before that I was finishing my undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis, where I was very privileged to be a Regents Scholar and graduate Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in a self-designed major. In college I was a 2010 Young People For fellow and the Senior Fellow for Health Policy at the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network. At various points over the last 4 years I've worked on an urban farm in Milwaukee, interned at the California State Assembly, and taught classes on the Social Theory of Eating Disorders at UC Davis. On the academic side, I researched obesity legislation in Argentina, food stamps in California, the racial dynamics of obesity policy in Southern States, and fat acceptance activism in California.

June 13, 2013

'Arrested Development' and 'Real Housewives' — What Fandom And Economics Taught Me About So-So TV

'Arrested Development's' most recent season sent me on a journey of self-reflection.

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May 16, 2013

Chris Christie Weight: Why It's Hard to Get Fit (Especially When You're Famous)

Governor Chris Christie is the accidental champion of weight stigma awareness, an unwitting symbol of what it means to be obese in America.
May 3, 2013

Cell Phones On Planes: FAA Probably Won't Allow Anytime Soon

While in-flight voice calls are unlikely to catch on, there’s little we can do to escape the plight of having to listen to them on the ground.
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April 25, 2013

Obamacare: Make It Clear People Are Still Free to Choose

As the White House rolls out its largest Obamacare outreach effort to date, how can they get opponents of the law on board?
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April 10, 2013

5 Things to Do When You're Rejected From Your Dream School

If you're bummed about not getting into your dream college, here's how to move forward.
April 6, 2013

Awkwafina Interview: New York Magazine Asks "Can An Asian Woman Be Taken Seriously In Rap?" Uh, Really?

Asking whether Asian women can rap is a question that answers itself. And it's not even the right question.

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April 5, 2013

Monsanto Protection Act: Is the Seed Giant Playing Mind Games With Congress?

Why would Monsanto go out of its way to author a temporary rider that draws so much heat when it was seeking a more permanent bill?
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April 4, 2013

"Evolving" is the New Flip-Flopping

Why is it the case that it's easier to accept a politician whose views are evolving than a politician who flip-flops?
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April 4, 2013

97% Of Restaurant Meals Fail This Health Standard

What's the big deal if restaurants offer bad food — don't we expect them to do just that?
April 2, 2013

George Bush Paintings: What Do They Mean?

President Bush has taken up painting, and the subject of his art may say more than the former leader of the free world is at liberty to tell the public.
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April 2, 2013

13 Most Important Things to Consider When Choosing a College

Admissions letters are coming in and you're excited, but anxious. How do you decide where to go for the next four years?

April 1, 2013

Dr. Oz and 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Share More Than Just a Name

Dr. Oz is very much like the Wizard: fundamentally powerless in his castle, save for the illusions he creates for those hungry for fantasies of well-being.
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March 28, 2013

Gay Marriage is Inherently Conservative, Not Liberal

Where same sex marriage is often hailed as radical, don't take the country's increasing support as a move to the left. This is an inherently conservative project for reform.
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March 27, 2013

Why Does Polio Still Exist?

The incidence of polio has dropped from 360,000 in 1980 to 228 in 2012. But we may not be as close to eradicating the disease as you might think.
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March 27, 2013

mHealth Apps: The Future Of Medicine

Apps are changing the face of health care, and that's exactly why a number of groups are keeping close eye on them. Just how does the FDA regulate apps?
Feb. 28, 2013

Is the iPhone the Symbol Of Our Generation?

With more than two-thirds of millennials owning smartphones, the iPhone has become something of a metaphor for our generation's digital ethos. And maybe more.

Feb. 25, 2013

Seth MacFarlane Oscars Review: Amy and Tina Should Just Host Everything

The Oscars seeks to pay tribute to the folks of cinema, the history of movies, and the institution of The Oscars itself. So selecting Seth MacFarlane to host was self-defeating from the start.
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Feb. 12, 2013

Obama State of the Union Speech, Live From the White House #WHSocial

I'm one of the fortunate few invited by the White House to live-tweet/blog the State of the Union. The opportunity includes a Q&A with Administration officials. Follow along for live updates.
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Feb. 12, 2013

State of the Union Speech: The Most Interactive Yet, or Ever?

President Obama and his outreach team have brought to bear a whole host of methods by which any citizens can reach out to the White House post-SOTU. Will future presidents follow his lead?
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Feb. 12, 2013

Post-SOTU "Open for Questions" Panel

I'm one of the fortunate few invited by the White House to live-tweet/blog the State of the Union. The opportunity includes a Q&A with Administration officials. Follow along for live updates.