about me

I am a third-year graduate student in the Political Science PhD program at Northwestern University. My core interest is in scholarship, teaching, and organizing that uncover and address social inequalities and their political causes and consequences. My research agenda explores the relationship between the policy process and racial and gender inequalities, with a particular focus on are social policy, immigration policy, and criminal justice policy in the United States. You can find information about my researchteaching, and service on this website.

I am currently a Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute for Policy Research, an affiliate of the Chicago Democracy Project, a Graduate Fellow in Legal Studies, and a Graduate Fellow in the Brady Program in Ethics and Civic Life. I have previously been coordinator of the Comparative Historical Social Sciences workshop and have served on the board of the Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council.

My current teaching and research agendas are deeply informed by my experiences with social and political activism, where I worked on issues of consent culture, interfaith community-building, and racial justice through community organizing, institutional reform, and public education. Prior to graduate school, I also dabbled in political journalism

Outside of my professional pursuits, I am a film & tv enthusiast, voracious reader & proud goodreads librarian, and occasional amateur photographer. You can follow my pursuits on Twitter: @kumarhk, or contact me via email at kumar.ramanathan (at) u.northwestern.edu.