Dhanaraj Thakur, in a blue striped collared shirt smiling in front of the CDT logo.

Dhanaraj Thakur

Research Director

Dhanaraj Thakur is Research Director at the Center for Democracy & Technology, where he leads research that advances human rights and civil liberties online. Over the last 15 years, he has designed and led research projects that have significantly informed tech policy and helped improve the way public policy problems are framed.

He has been interviewed and his work quoted in several news media, including WIRED, CNN, the WSJ, the Economist, the Guardian (UK), and the Financial Times, among others. In addition, he has published over 40 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers.

He is currently a member of the Technology Policy Research Conference program committee and the advisory board of #ShePersisted. A former Fulbright scholar, Inter-American Development Bank scholar, and ISOC Ambassador, Dhanaraj previously led research at the World Wide Web Foundation, focusing on broadband access and affordability, gender equality online, and open data.

Prior to that he was a member of the political science faculty at Tennessee State University and the University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica). He holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), and is a graduate of the London School of Economics, the University of the West Indies, and the University of Technology in Jamaica.

Also find Dhanaraj on Mastodon at mastodon.social/@consideration.