Pratik Raghu

Graduate Student
PhD Cohort 2016


Global Governance, Human Rights, and Civil Society


(2015) Bachelor of Arts, Postcolonial Ethics Major - Westminster College, Salt Lake City


Born in the South Indian city of Chennai and raised in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, Pratik has been deeply influenced by his intracultural and transnational encounters with postcolonial societies and their citizens in South and Southeast Asia. He completed his undergraduate degree in postcolonial ethics at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah under the supervision of Drs. Leonardo Figueroa-Helland and Gary Marquardt, in addition to going through the motions of the college's honors program. As Dr. Figueroa-Helland's research assistant, Pratik studied South Asian and American indigenous peoples, movements, and philosophies for two years, conducting fieldwork in the southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca and presenting at the 2014 Political Economy of the World Systems and 2015 International Studies Association conferences. While at Westminster, he also worked as a writing consultant at the college's in-house and community writing centers, copy-edited a textbook for one of Westminster's economics professors, and was involved in a wide-range of social, political, and service-related activities on- and off-campus.

Inspired by his undergraduate research, collaboration with numerous marginalized groups, and philosophical investments in ecofeminism, indigenous socioecology, intersectionality, and Marxist and world systems theory, Pratik is interested in exploring the impact of the modern Indian state's neoliberal policies on women, indigenous peoples, peasants, lower-caste groups, and those at the meeting points of these categorizations. He amis to show how these diverse actors have contested the hegemonic forces they confront and articulated viable communal and social alternatives to the status quo in the process; he further plans to consider avenues for solidarious collaboration among these actors and between the movements at hand and other alter-globalization actors from the Global South, especially Latin America.


The converging crises of neoliberal capitalist modernity; postcolonial and decolonial thought; solidarity between diverse alter-globalization movements; South Asian indigenous peoples, resistance, and eco-political philosophies; gender-focused issues and intersectional feminist agitation.


  • South Asian and American Indigenous Ecological Solutions to the Crises of Civilization (conducted under supervision of Dr. Leonardo Figueroa-Helland at Westminster College), August 2013 - May 2015

  • Navdanya, Unitierra, and Indigenous Women: A Critical Philosophical Analysis of Two Ecopolitical Projects in India and Oaxaca, May 2014 - April 2015

  • Artistic Activism Against Rape and Untouchability: Critically Contextualizing Thenmozhi Soundararajan's Fight for Dalit Women, January - April 2015

  • Necessitating Sino-Indian Collaboration for the Common Weal: A Multifaceted Analysis of the Socioecological Ramifications of Chinese and Indian Developmentalism, January - April 2014

  • Politicized Vaginas: The Kikuyu Central Association's Co-option of Female Initiation Rites during Colonial Kenya's "Female Circumcision Crisis," January - April 2014

  • Lessons from the Forest: How Adivasi Thought Could Address India's Socioecological Crises, May - Decemember 2013

  • Brown Faces in White Masks? Exploring the Colonial Mindset of India's Leadership, January - April 2013


  • Figueroa-Helland, Leonardo and Pratik Raghu. "Indigeneity vs. Civilization: Indigenous Alternatives to the Planetary Ecological Rift." Social Movements and World-System Transformation. Eds. Jackie Smith, Michael Goodhart, Patrick Manning, and John Markoff. Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2016 (Forthcoming).
  • “From Retribution to Restoration in Sierra Leone: Fambul Tok's Drive to Heal Post-Civil War Sierra Leonean Communities.” Student Pulse: An International Student Journal 7.7 (August 24, 2015): n. pag. Web.

  • “Politicized Vaginas: The Kikuyu Central Association’s Co-option of Female Initiation Rites during Colonial Kenya’s “Female Circumcision Crisis,”” The Myriad 1.1 (April 13, 2015): n. pag. Web.

  • “Paving the Road Not (Yet) Taken: A Critical Analysis of Two Roadmaps for Kashmiri Democracy,” Student Pulse: An International Student Journal 6.8 (August 24, 2014): n. pag. Web


Teaching Assistant (S'18): GLOBL 1 - Global History, Culture, and Ideology