K. Sabeel Rahman

K. Sabeel Rahman, President, Demos

“Our democracy is in crisis—and for Black and brown communities in particular, the reality is that our political institutions have consistently failed to reflect and respond to our communities for decades. In this moment of extreme political and economic turmoil, it is critical to reinvent our democratic institutions in ways that put racial equity and inclusive democratic participation and accountability at the core. The Democracy Initiative is crucial to building the coalition, the ideas, and the strategies we need to make democracy a reality.”

K. Sabeel Rahman is the President of Demos, a dynamic think-and-do tank that powers the movement for a just, inclusive, multiracial democracy. Sabeel is also an Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and the co-author most recently of Civic Power (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which looks at how to build a more inclusive and empowered bottom-up democracy.His first book, Democracy Against Domination (Oxford University Press, 2017), won the Dahl Prize for scholarship on the subject of democracy. His academic research focuses on issues of democracy, economic power, law, and inequality. He has worked extensively with a range of think tanks, advocacy organizations, and foundations to develop novel approaches to addressing these issues in practice. His popular writings have appeared in venues like The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Boston Review, Dissent, and The Washington Post. He earned his law degree and doctorate at Harvard University, and his Masters degrees at the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.