Suraj Yengde is India’s first Dalit Ph.D. holder from an African university in the nation's history.
Suraj is a published author in the field of inter-regional labor migration in the global south, Caste, Race and Ethnicity studies. Currently, he is involved in developing a critical theory of Dalit and Black Studies.
Suraj is a passionate Human Rights attorney by qualification from India and the UK, who is also an anti-caste and anti-racism advocate, columnist at The Huffington Post, The Indian Express, The Mexican Times, The Conversation, The Citizen among others. His writings have appeared in the Sunday World, Mail & Guardian Africa, Saturday Star. He is frequently invited by the media to offer expert advice on the issues of caste, migration, race relations and international law. He was featured in the independence day magazine of The Economic Times magazine.
Suraj has worked with leading international organizations in Geneva, London, and New York. Suraj is also an activist in the transnational movement of Dalit rights. He is a co-convener of Dalit-Black Lives Matter symposium and Dalit and Black Power Movement. He runs a monthly Ambedkar Lecture Series at Harvard. He is the author of forthcoming Caste Matters with Penguin Random House and a co-editor of Rereading Ambedkar: Critical Reflections (Allen Lane, 2018).
His recent work with the philosopher Cornel West has received global attention and calls for unity between the African Americans and the Dalits.
Suraj offers consultations to the government and non-governmental policy-making bodies on the issues of human rights, social justice, cross-border migration and organizational strategies for campaigns and advocacy. He is a convenor of "India For Diversity" movement.
Suraj is currently a Nonresident fellow with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at the Hutchins Center and a research associate with the department of African and African American Studies.