Vishal Jamkar is a Ph.D. student in Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He is engaged in praxis-based research on the issues of caste, indigeneity, natural resources, and the politics of development. Prior to joining graduate school, he worked as a community mobilizer with Dalit and Adivasi community collectives in central India around issues of gender justice, microcredit, natural resource management, forest rights, and right to work. He also served in an advisory capacity for rural development programs of the Government of India, the state governments of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. His intellectual mission is praxis-based knowledge creation by centering the voices of marginalized communities.