Bapu Vaitla is a visiting scientist at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, a visiting lecturer at the University of California-Davis, and a fellow studying gender inequality with Data2X. His core interest is the relationship between human cooperation and child well-being: why people decide to work together (or not) for mutual benefit, and the effects of these decisions on public policy, cultural change, and ultimately the lives of children. He was born in India and grew up in California. He holds a B.A. in Nature and Culture and an M.S. in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis, and a PhD in international relations/political economy from Tufts University.