Shyamala Ramakrishna

Research and Program Associate
Shyamala serves as a Research and Program Associate in the Democracy Program, focusing on money in politics. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, she interned at the Legal Resources Centre, South Africa’s leading public-interest law NGO.  There she produced research on a wide range of issues, from case law on the constitutionality of the religious exemption clause of the country’s same-sex marriage law to a quantitative analysis of police resource allocation in Cape Town’s various communities.  In 2015, she interned in the Human Rights Program of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Shyamala graduated cum laude from Yale in 2017 with a degree in Ethics, Politics & Economics. She was a scholar in the undergraduate human rights program, where her senior capstone project focused on the intersection of arts and advocacy.  She was an International Studies fellow with Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and served as a program assistant at the Schell Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School.