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Sonali Chakravarti

Professor of Government

Public Affairs Center, 230

Tutor, College of Social Studies



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BA Swarthmore College
MA Yale University
MPHIL Yale University
PHD Yale University

Sonali Chakravarti

Sonali Chakravarti is professor of government and her work focuses on public participation in legal institutions and the relationship between law and politics. She is the author of two books—Radical Enfranchisement in the Jury Room and Public Life (University of Chicago Press, 2019) and Sing the Rage: Listening to Anger After Mass Violence (University of Chicago Press, 2014) about the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission—as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters in publications including Political Theory, Constellations, Theory and Event, and the Journal of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.  Her public writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Atlantic, Dissent, and the Boston Review. She was awarded the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2021 and has been the Ann Plato Post-Doctoral Fellow at Trinity College and Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton University. She is part of the Wesleyan team that received a Mellon Foundation grant, “Carceral Connecticut,” to study slavery, abolition, and punishment in the Connecticut River Valley (2022-2025). 

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