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 role of law and public policy in the formation and mediation of racial and gender inequalities. The policy domains I focus on are social policy, immigration policy, and criminal justice policy in the United States. You can find information about my research and teaching on this website.

I am currently an affiliate of the Chicago Democracy Project and a Graduate Fellow in Legal Studies. I have previously been a Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute for Policy Research and coordinator of the Comparative Historical Social Sciences workshop. Prior to graduate school, I dabbled in political journalism. My current teaching and research agendas are deeply informed by my past experiences as an activist, where I worked on issues of consent culture, interfaith community-building, and racial justice through community organizing, institutional reform, and public education.

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@u.northwestern.edu.