I am a second-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 academic research agenda explores the role of law and public policy in the formation and mediation of racial and gender inequalities; my main areas of interest are immigration policy, social policy, and criminal justice policy in the United States. You can find some information about my nascent research and teaching experience here.

I am currently a Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute for Policy Research. Before graduate school, I worked as a teaching assistant and research assistant in the Political Science Department at Tufts University. Prior to that, I graduated from Tufts with a B.A. in Political Science & Philosophy. I have also written for ThinkProgress, the Somerville Journal, and elsewhere as a journalist. My activism experience includes consent culture, interfaith, and racial justice work, through community organizing, institutional and policy reform, and public education.

Outside of my professional pursuits, I am a film & tv junkie, obsessive book lover & proud goodreads librarian, and occasional amateur photographer.

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Contact me at kumar.ramanathan.93(at)gmail.com or kumar.ramanathan(at)u.northwestern.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter: @kumarhk.