Suraj Yengde is India’s first Dalit Ph.D. holder from an African university in the nation's history.
Suraj specializes in the inter-regional labor migration policies with a focus on global south migration. He is also a published author in the field of 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, who is also an anti-caste and anti-racism advocate, columnist at The Huffington Post, The Indian Express, The Mexican Times, and The Conversation. 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.
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.