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Postdoc, Harvard Kennedy School | Associate, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Dr. Suraj Yengde is an award-winning scholar and activist from India. He is an author of bestseller Caste Matters. The book went to reprint within a week of it's publication date. Caste Matters was recently featured in the prestigious "Best Non-fiction Books of the Decade" list by The Hindu.

Suraj is an inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the Initiative for Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Suraj is India’s first Dalit Ph.D. holder from an African university (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) in the nation's history.

Suraj Yengde's interest lay in theories of subordinate subaltern movements and the Global South migration. His on-going project theorizes the diaspora movement activism, in particular, Dalit diaspora in the North America. He is also co-editing a book on B R Ambedkar's 125 years.

Additionally, he regularly writes on caste and inequality in India. He served on the University of the Witwatersrand Senate and as an executive member of various student body committees.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Education

  • 2016 
    University of the Witwatersrand, Ph.D forthcoming