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Sonali Chakravarti

Professor of Government

Public Affairs Center, 407

Director, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life

Tutor, College of Social Studies


Associate Professor, Education Studies


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

Sonali Chakravarti

Sonali Chakravarti works on questions of emotions, the law and democratic institutions. Her book Sing the Rage: Listening to Anger after Mass Violence (University of Chicago, 2014) interrogated the dynamics of anger and victim testimony at the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission to answer the questions: What is the purpose of the expression of anger for public life? How do we listen to rage? She is currently working on a project on the concept of radical enfranchisement, civil disobedience, and jury service where she argues for a new set of civic skills necessary for a jury of the 21st century.  She has been the Ann Plato Post-Doctoral Fellow at Trinity College and Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Her work on the emotions, transitional justice, and the jury system has appeared in Constellations, Theory and Event, and the journal of Law, Culture, and Humanities among other publications. 

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Fall 2022
GOVT 399 - 01
Citizens, Judges, Juries