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Kavitha Rajagopalan

  1. Community Engagement Manager, Center for Community Media

Kavitha Rajagopalan is community engagement manager for the Center for Community Media. In this role, she creates spaces for community-based journalists and newsroom leaders, as well as partner organizations serving community media networks, to build community, share resources and strategy, and elevate their expertise.

She writes CCM’s bi-weekly newsletter, coordinates CCM’s regional partnerships and runs a virtual community space for the Border Network, manages CCM’s social media accounts, and produces special convenings for community media leaders. She has produced a series of special reports on segments of community media, including Asian Media on the Front Lines.

Her writing on global migration and urban immigrant communities has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, and Atlantic’s CityLab, as well as various academic journals and policy magazines. She has also offered expert commentary on MSNBC and as an op-ed columnist for The Observer, PBS Online, and Newsday.

She is the author of Muslims of Metropolis: The Stories of Three Immigrant Families in the West (Rutgers University Press) and co-author of The Testing and Learning Revolution: The Future of Assessment in Education (Palgrave Macmillan). She is a contributing author in Borders and Mobility in South Asia, part of the University of Amsterdam Press’s award-winning series on global migration. Previously, she was a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, specializing in citizenship, undocumentedness, and urban immigrant communities.

She holds a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. from the College of William & Mary. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in political science.