Kavitha Rajagopalan

Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY; Former Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council

Kavitha Rajagopalan is newsletter editor, Center for Community Media at CUNY's Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and a former senior fellow at Carnegie Council.

Rajagopalan has written and lectured extensively on global migration, urban immigrant communities, and social cohesion in diverse, pluralist societies. She is the author of Muslims of Metropolis: The Stories of Three Immigrant Families in the West, which was a finalist for the Asian American Literary Award, and worked as a journalist in the United States, India, and Germany, most notably as a columnist for PBS and Newsday. She has taught courses on global migration and writing at New York University's Center for Global Affairs and is the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, and the John J. McCloy Journalism Fellowship.

Rajagopalan leads the Emergent Cities Project at the World Policy Institute, where she is also a senior fellow specializing in migration and urban informality, and is a writer-in-residence at the CEJJES Institute for social justice in marginalized communities. She sits on the executive board of Unchained at Last, an organization dedicated to helping women leave forced and arranged marriages and was previously a research director at Kroll & Associates.

Rajagopalan received her MA in international affairs from Columbia University and her BA in international relations from the College of William & Mary.

Featured Work

Chinatown, Manhattan. CREDIT: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chinatown_manhattan_2009.JPG">chensiyuan (CC)</a>

NOV 3, 2015 Podcast

Chinese Immigrant Experiences in New York City

Manhattan's Chinatown is a city within a city; it's very poorly understood by outsiders. This panel of insiders helps change that. Topics include migrant financing, ...

Migration. CREDIT: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15388497@N02/3333084735/" target="_blank">Ariel Kaplan</a> (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en" target="_blank">CC</a>)

JUN 8, 2015 Article

Migrant Deaths Worldwide

There is no going back to a world in which migration can be prevented. The only solution to the global crisis of migrant deaths is ...

CREDIT: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/narendramodiofficial/12231286173/">Narendra Modi</a> (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC</a>).

MAY 14, 2014 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Commentary: Islamophobia Is Not Just a Western Problem

The success of nationalists in India's election shows how easily an intricate social fabric can be rent for political purposes.

CREDIT: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19942094@N00/13107896725">Randy Le'Moine Photography</a> (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC</a>).

MAR 18, 2014 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Commentary: Building Resilience

Now is the time for New York to take control of its aging infrastructure and set aside a fund for investing in and upgrading pipelines ...

Muslims of Metropolis: The Stories of Three Immigrant Families in the West

FEB 18, 2009 Podcast

Muslims of Metropolis: The Stories of Three Immigrant Families in the West

How do Muslim immigrants to the West adjust to their new lives? Kavitha Rajagopalan follows three families on their journey: a Palestinian family from Jerusalem ...