Kamala Sankaram has been a consultant with the Ford Foundation since 2014 and joined the foundation in 2015 as a program analyst working on issues of Internet rights. Her work seeks to build equal access to education, employment opportunities, and political representation through a strong Internet policy, involving, among other factors, broadband access, net neutrality, and privacy protections.
Kamala has previously taught as an adjunct associate professor of cognitive psychology at Manhattan College. Her research explores the impact of technological innovation on the human mind, particularly with regard to reading and the dissemination of ideas. Kamala holds a PhD in cognitive psychology from the New School for Social Research, where she was the recipient of the Irvin Rock Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation.
In addition to her academic work, Kamala is an award-winning composer and performer, whose original operas have been featured by NPR, Agence France-Presse, and the New York Times, among other media outlets.