Kalpana Jain—a long-time investigative journalist—came to The Conversation in 2015 soon after it was launched in the US and helped set up the first religion and ethics desk. She oversees the coverage of the desk to bring nuanced stories written by scholars. In addition to her role at The Conversation, she continues to write about religion in South Asia. In 2020, a series of her stories received the American Academy of Religion’s award for excellence in in-depth reporting. Jain was selected as a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2008. She holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard University Divinity School and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School. Her case study on modern-day slavery in India, is taught at Harvard Kennedy School, and her book on the AIDS epidemic in India (Penguin Press) is part of the curriculum at many Indian universities.