taran samarth


I’m a PhD student at Yale University in political science.

I’m chiefly interested in the politics of the American carceral state + democratic accountability in local institutions. You can see more about my work and self on my CV.

Outside of academia, I’m committed to movements for life-affirming democracy across policy spaces: public safety, higher education, labor, and climate. Currently, I advocate for a democratic, sustainable, and equitable university with the lovely team at Penn State Forward.