The Researchers include employees and contractors.

Vijay Prashad


Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian and journalist. Prashad is the author of thirty books, including Washington Bullets, Red Star Over the Third World, The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. He is the Chief Correspondent for Globetrotter and a Columnist for Frontline (India). He is the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books (New Delhi). He has appeared in two films – Shadow World (2016) and Two Meetings (2017).

Renata Porto Bugni

Deputy Director

Renata Porto Bugni is a public policy analyst, an activist and a teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations at UNESP. Her master’s degree from the University of São Paulo (USP) was on public policies for Brazilian women, notably in the fight against violence. Renata's political career began in Brazil's student movement. She is now a member of the political organisation Consulta Popular. Between 2014 and 2017, she was a professor in Brazil's public and private universities. Renata spent seven years working to develop public policies that address social justice at the State Secretariat for Justice and Defense of Citizenship as well as to develop indicators to measure aspects of social life such as education, health and public transit at City Hall of São Paulo. She is based in São Paulo.

Celina della Croce


Celina is an organiser and militant who works with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research’s publications, English-language editing, and translations. She worked in the labour movement for four years with the Service Employees International Union and the Fight for 15 as an organiser, union representative, and shop steward. She has been an active participant in the fight for social, economic, and racial justice in the streets from Missouri to Massachusetts; through the Anti-Racism Collective (St. Louis); and through Humans of St. Louis as an editor and photographer.

E. Ahmet Tonak


E. Ahmet Tonak is the author and editor of several books including Measuring the Wealth of Nations: The Political Economy of National Accounts (with Anwar Shaikh), Turkey in Transition: New Perspectives (edited with Irvin Schick) and Marxism and Classes (edited with Sungur Savran and Kurtar Tanyılmaz). Trained as a mechanical engineer at Istanbul Technical University, he earned a Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research. Tonak taught for many years at Istanbul Bilgi University, Middle East Technical University, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and is currently a visiting professor at UMASS Amherst. He wrote for several Turkish dailies and contributes to, an alternative news portal in Turkey.

Tings Chak

Designer and Researcher

Tings Chak is an artist, writer, and organiser whose work contributes to popular struggles across the Global South. Her current research focuses on the art of national liberation struggles. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto and is the author and illustrator of Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (2017). She leads the Art Department of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Ingrid Costa N. R. Guimarães


Ingrid Costa N.R. Guimarães is an artist and graduate of Communication and Multimedia Studies from the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). She interned at the PUC-SP and worked at Anhembi Morumbi University (UAM), where she specialized in the production of educational videos and animations. She is currently a designer with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and is based in São Paulo, Brazil.

Daniela Ruggeri


Born in Buenos Aires, Daniela is a teacher of visual arts, an illustrator, a designer, and a creator of fanzines. Her visual production is developed around comics, graphic design, and illustration, collaborating – especially in the latter – with worker cooperatives and empresas recuperadas (companies that have been reclaimed by and are run by workers). She works with self-managed book and fanzine-producing collectives as an editor and author and participates in the organisation of meetings and exhibitions of independent Argentine comic strips. She is part of the Art Department of the Tricontinental Institute of Social Research and responsible for art and design for the Buenos Aires Office.

P. Sainath

Senior Fellow

P. Sainath is India’s most important reporter. He has spent the past three decades covering rural India, work that resulted in the creation of the People’s Archive of Rural India. Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen calls Sainath ‘one of the world’s great experts on famine and hunger’. In 2000, Sainath was the first reporter to win Amnesty International’s Global Award for Human Rights Journalism and that same year he won the UN Food & Agricultural Organisation’s Boerma Prize. Sainath is the 2007 winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award (Asia’s most prestigious prize) and the 2014 winner of the World Media Summit Global Award. Sainath’s book – Everybody Loves a Good Drought (1996) – has been reprinted in a 20th anniversary edition as a Penguin Classic. He has written the foreword for John Reed’s Ten Days that Shook the World (LeftWord, 2018).

Aijaz Ahmad

Aijaz Ahmad

Senior Fellow

Aijaz Ahmad is a leading Marxist philosopher and cultural theorist. He is the author of In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literature (1992), Lineages of the Present: Ideological and Political Genealogies of Contemporary South Asia (2001), and Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Imperialism of Our Time (2004). He has been a Professorial Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, the Rajiv Gandhi Chair at Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Chair at Jamia Millia University, and is currently the Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California (Irvine).

Ghassane Koumiya


Ghassane Koumiya is a Professor of Translation at the Institute of Leadership and Journalism in Rabat (Morocco). He is a political anthropologist who has worked on grassroots, political and popular movements from the Maghreb region. Ghassane has been active in the trade union movement and human rights movement in Morocco. He is currently completing his PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Ljubljana University (Slovenia).

Pilar Troya Fernández


Pilar is a militant and researcher. She is an Ecuadorian feminist anthropologist and has a master’s degree in women and gender studies. Her main areas of interest are social public policies, especially concerning gender equality and the feminist movement. Her activism began in college as part of the student movement and she was involved in the Women’s Assembly in Quito. She worked as a researcher with the System of Social Indicators (SIISE) and the Latin America Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), where she also taught classes on public policies and social indicators. She then served as an advisor to the Ministry of National Planning, and as an advisor and Deputy Minister to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Ecuador.

Manolo de los Santos


Manolo is an organiser and educator. He owes his political education to people’s movements from the Caribbean to New York City. He was the founding director of the People’s Forum, a movement incubator for working-class communities to build unity across historic lines of division at home and abroad.

Nitheesh Narayanan


Nitheesh has been an activist with the Students' Federation of India (SFI) since 2003 and is currently working as a member of its central secretariat. He is a PhD scholar at the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy of Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India), where he studies the connections between caste and class as well as the political mobilisation of the early communist movement in North Malabar. He is currently the editor of Student Struggle, SFI’s journal.
Nitheesh received his MA in Politics with a specialisation in International Studies and his MPhil on the agrarian movement and caste question from the same university. Nitheesh writes about social and political issues in a number of periodicals and portals in English and Malayalam.

Daniel Tirado

Information Technology Manager

Daniel is an activist and technologist. He organises Primavera Hacker, a conference of hackers in Santiago, Chile that focuses on technology, arts, and politics. His main interest is to develop technology that can be used to support people’s movements and transform our society. He also works with social movements in Sub-Saharan Africa on technical operations and training.

Jose Seoane


José is a researcher who has studied reflected on social movements and regional socio-political processes in Latin America. He regularly collaborates in training and educational activities with people’s movements and assists in various regional coordination efforts led by the movements. José is a sociologist, Doctorate in Social Sciences, and professor and researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, where he is a part of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (GEAL) through the Institute of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (IEALC). He assists in the coordination of the José Carlos Mariátegui School of Political Education and has published, among others, the books “Extractivism, Looting, and Climate Change: Challenges for Social Movements and the Emancipatory Projects of Our America,” and “The Neoliberal (Re)configurations of Environmental Issues.

Maria Belén Roca Pamich


Belén is a sociologist and militant from Argentina. She has been engaged in various political struggles related to popular education in prisons and alternative media through the Atrapamuros Collective since 2009. She has a degree in Sociology and is currently completing her PhD in Social Sciences at the National University of La Plata, where she is researching public safety and teaching sociology classes in prisons.

Adrián Pulleiro


Adrián Pulleiro is a researcher and professor in Argentina. In his formative years he was an active participant in the student movement and has participated in a broad range of political activities. He has also been engaged in various forms of alternative media. He has an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and a doctorate in Social Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. He is a professor at the University of Buenos Aires and the National University of La Pampa and is the author of the books “Alternative Radio in Latin America: Debate and Experiences from their origin to the 21st century” and “Liberals, Populists, and Heterodox: Studies of Intelectuals, Culture, and Politics in recent Argentina.”

Luciana Balbuena


Luciana is a high school teacher and militant in Argentina. She has participated in various political movements since 2009 organizing with students and education workers. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, which she also teaches. Through her studies and teaching, she has developed her knowledge of youth and their connection to information and new technology.

Maisa Bascuas


Maisa is a feminist activist of the people, a university professor, and a researcher. She has participated in various political organisations and political education spaces with people’s organisations, unions, and feminist organisations in Argentina. She has a degree in Political Science and teaches at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and at the National University of General Sarmiento (UNGS) in the Gender, Politics, and Social Participation Diploma. She is a tutor in the Latin American Program for Online Learning in Social Sciences (PLED) in issues related to gender and social economics. She is a researcher at the Institute of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Buenos Aires (IEALC-UBA) and the Oral Archive of Open Memory. She is the author of articles and publications on the State, public policies, Latin American feminisms, and people’s and feminist economies.

Emiliano Lopez


Emiliano is a militant, researcher, and professor. Since 2004, he has been active in various political movements and spaces linked to labor organizing and political education within popular movements. He is a member of the Laboratory of Sociological and Economic Labor Studies (LESET) at the University of La Plata. He received his PhD in Economics At the University of La Plata (UNLP), where he teachers in the College of Humanities. He has published various articles and books, including “The Post-Neoliberal Years: From the Crisis to the Consolidation of A New Method of Development.” He studies themes linked to the political economy, political sociology, and methods of development that are in dispute in Argentina today.

Fernando Vicente Prieto

Fernando Vicente Prieto


Fernando is a journalist, editor, and social justice activist. Born in Argentina, he has been involved in people’s movements since 1995. He has worked as a journalist, editor, correspondent, and publisher in several media houses, including Prensa De Frente, Marcha Noticias, ALBA TV and Notas - Periodismo Popular, between 2003 and 2017. From 2013 and 2018, he was part of the communications team of ALBA Movements. Since 2014, he has participated in political education initiatives related to communication and geopolitics with the José Carlos Mariátegui School. Since 2018, he has coordinated the Batalla de Ideas publishing house. He is part of the project of the Latin America and the Caribbean Observatory that is being developed in the Buenos Aires office of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Srujana Bodapati


Srujana has mainly worked in the area agrarian relations in India. She has participated in village studies in different parts of India. From time to time she writes on Indian banking sector issues in NewsClick. She was active in student politics in Delhi and still takes active interest in left politics and struggles.

Satarupa Chakraborty


Satarupa Chakraborty is an activist and is currently pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. She has been actively associated with the student movement in India since 2013. She was elected as the General Secretary of JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) in 2016. In 2015, she held the position of Convener from JNUSU at the School of Social Sciences. The key movements in which she has been active part are #OccupyUGC and #StandWithJNU. She received her M.A. from the University of Hyderabad and her M.Phil from JNU in Philosophy of Language. She was also awarded Junior Research Fellowship by Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR).

Pindiga Ambedkar


Pindiga Ambedkar received his MPhil from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems at Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he focused his studies on issues faced by the oppressed classes (specifically, the lower castes or Dalits) in science and technology institutes in India. As a student, P. Ambedkar was an active member of Students' Federation of India (SFI) and was elected as the Vice-President of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Students' Union (2007-08) while pursuing his Master’s. In addition to his research, P. Ambedkar is engaged with Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch ("the Platform for Liberation of the Oppressed" in English), which fights against caste discrimination. Prior to joining the Tricontinental, he worked as a correspondent with NewsClick, a web-based journal headquartered in New Delhi.

Subin Dennis


Subin Dennis is an economist and activist based in New Delhi. Hailing from Kerala, he holds M.A. and MPhil. degrees in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was active with the student movement and served as the Delhi State Vice-President of the Students' Federation of India (SFI). Subin's writings in English and Malayalam on issues related to economy and politics appear in various periodicals and websites. He worked with the online news portal NewsClick as a writer before joining Tricontinental.

Atul Chandra


Atul is a postgraduate from the University of Delhi (DU). He has been a student and youth activist since 2007. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, he was elected as the central councillor of DU student union (2009-10). Prior to joining the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Atul worked as a field investigator for the Right to Food Campaign, specifically working on the themes of human bondage, land alienation, and hunger death among Sahariya tribes in Rajasthan. Between 2013-2017, he coordinated and organised various activities and research work as a researcher and project assistant in collaboration with the South Asian University and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (South Asia).

Srabani Chakraborty


Srabani is an organiser and activist associated with the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA). Trained in history, she is currently pursuing her PhD at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Before becoming associated with AIDWA, Srabani had been active in student politics (SFI) from the time she pursued her B.A. in history at Jadavpur University. She ran for the post of student representative for the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH, JNU) and was elected in 2017 in the midst of a struggle against the university administration, which was attempting to dismantle the committee and remove power from the student body.

André Cardoso


André Cardoso is a Brazilian militant and economist. He worked as an economic adviser at the Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies (DIEESE) for seven years, working directly with the Metalworkers' Union of Brazil. In partnership with his colleagues at DIEESE, he published an analysis of the metallurgical sector in Brazil and the working world in the years 2003 to 2013 entitled "The Faces of the Metallurgical Industry in Brazil". He was a militant of the youth organization of the Levante Popular da Junventude (“Popular Youth Uprising”) and is currently an active member of the organization Consulta Popular (“Popular Consultation”).

Cristiane Ganaka


Cristiane Ganaka is an economist and also holds a bachelor's degree in science and humanities from the Federal University of ABC (UFABC). She was a part of the student movement as an undergraduate and volunteered for the Economic Observatory of ABC. She worked with the Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies (DIEESE) for over five years, working directly with the National Confederation of Metalworkers, part of the Unified Workers' Central (CUT). She researched industry and, more specifically, the metallurgical sector from a perspective of gender, race, and youth, as well as the labor market and labor relations.

Olivia Carolino Pires


Olívia Carolino Pires is an activist with the organization Consulta Popular and has been part of the leadership of Projeto Brasil Popular since 2015. She completed her bachelor’s degree in economics at the Catholic University of Sao Paulo in 2005 and her master’s in economic development from the University of Campinas in 2009 where she focused on economic history. She received her PhD social sciences from the Catholic University of São Paulo in 2015, where she taught in the economics department in 2008 and 2017. She was part of a team of popular educators with the Center of Popular Education through the Instituto Sedes Sapientiae (2015-2018). She is also a professor at the National Florestan Fernandes School and works alongside popular movements and unions in Brazil to further political and popular education projects.

Rebecca Gendler


Rebecca Gendler is responsible for the administrative and financial aspects of the São Paulo office. She has a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Publicity with a specialization in marketing from Mackenzie Presbyterian University. Before joining Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Rebecca worked in the business sector, as well as with marketing agencies. She was also in charge of management for a business in the service sector for over seven years, where she was responsible for administrative, financial, and operational management. She is also an activist.

Luiz Felipe Albuquerque

Communications Specialist

Luiz Felipe Albuquerque is a journalist who is responsible for communications in Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research’s Brazil office. He worked in the communications sector of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) for five years, contributing to the movement’s public relations and press outreach. He was also an editor of the MST’s website and the Jornal Sem Terra (‘Landless Journal’). He worked for the journal Brasil de Fato for four years as an associate editor, also assisting in the coordination and political guidance for the Center of Popular Media (CPMídias).

Richard Pithouse


Richard Pithouse is an Associate Professor at the Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WiSER), the editor of New Frame and a newspaper columnist. He has been a regular contributor to the press for 25 years, and for a time was a contributing editor at The Con. He has held various academic positions, teaching philosophy and politics, and writing about political theory, popular movements and cities. He has a particular scholarly interest in Frantz Fanon.

Nontobeko Hlela


Nontobeko Hlela began her political career as an academic teaching Politics in Durban, South Africa. She has worked as a senior diplomat and was based in Nairobi, Kenya for some years. She is also a researcher with experience across Africa. Her research focuses on the prospects for advancing the interests of Africa and the Global South on the international stage.

Mwelela Cele


Mwelela Cele has worked as a Curator, Education Officer, Researcher, Librarian, Events/Programmes Coordinator and Translator. He has a very strong interest in History, both written or oral, and in Historical/Heritage sites. He has worked at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Documentation Centre and Campbell Collections, specifically the Killie Campbell Africana Library, at Digital Innovation South Africa (DISA), and at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville which celebrates the life of Chief Albert Luthuli. More recently he spent several years in Ginsberg, King William's Town (eQonce) in the Eastern Cape at the Steve Biko Foundation and Centre, and is currently the Archivist and Public Programmes Director at New Frame in Johannesburg. He has published a range of articles in Newspapers, Academic Journals, in Books and online publications. Mainly he is interested in historical/political/cultural research, reading, writing, and feature films.