Madhuri Karak


Madhuri Karak (she/her) is an independent researcher, writer, and community engagement strategist.

She has supported land defenders, small-scale fishers and farmers, environmental policymakers, behavioral scientists, and digital rights activists to secure and manage the commons for collective wellbeing. She is especially interested in propulsive multiple-format storytelling about complex social justice challenges.

Madhuri was a Mellon - American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow (2019-2021) and has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her work on indigenous sovereignty, climate, design thinking, and technology has appeared in fiftytwo, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Behavioral Scientist, Public Books, and Slate.

She currently lives between India, Turkey, and the United States.