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 civil rights policy, social policy, and immigration policy in the United States. You can find information about my research, teaching, and service on this website.
I am currently 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. Next year, I will be an instructor at Chicago Field Studies. I have previously been a Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute for Policy Research, coordinator of the Comparative Historical Social Sciences workshop, a board member of the Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council, and co-chair of the Political Science Graduate Students Association.
My research and teaching agendas are deeply informed by my experiences with social and political activism, where I have worked on issues of racial justice, housing affordability, and consent culture through policy reform campaigns, community organizing, and public education. Prior to graduate school, I also dabbled in political journalism.
Outside of my professional pursuits, I am an avid fan of movies, basketball, biking, and the city of Chicago. You can follow my pursuits on Twitter, or contact me via email at kumar.ramanathan.93 (at) gmail.com.