Vignesh Ramachandran

Position title: Ph.D.

Pronouns: He/him/his

Advisor: Keith Woodward


2022 – MS in Geography, University of Wisconsin – Madison

2018 – B.A. in International / Global Studies – Middle East, Middlebury College


Platform labor, racial capitalism, affect, social movements, policing, abolition geographies, history of management, Asian American Studies


Peer Reviewed


Ramachandran, V. “The Carceral Geographies of Platform-Based Delivery Work: Essential Work and Bike Registrations in New York City.” Antipode. .

Ramachandran, V., J. Raihan, and A. Singh. “Under Attack from the State and in Our Homes: Materialist Interventions and Lessons in Abolition Feminisms from Desis Rising Up & Moving.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies.

Book Chapters

(Forthcoming) Ramachandran, V. and A. Singh. “Rising Waters from New York City to Pakistan: Abolitionist Organizing at the Intersection of Immigration Justice and the Climate Crisis.” In Border. Abolition. Now., edited by Campbell, S., Medien, K., Riva, S.  and Whitener, B. Pluto Press. 

Public Writing


Collaborative public archive, “Stop the Disappearances! Organizing for Freedom in the Wake of Post-9/11 State Violence,”


Ramachandran, V. and N. Hasan. “An Abolition Politics for the Climate Crisis: Out of the Woods’ Hope Against Hope.” The Trouble.



Things, Plants, Gods: Rethinking Value in Sylvia Wynter’s Black MetamorphosisDimensions of Political Ecology. Lexington, KY.


Scaffolding, Necropolitics, and the Politics of a Bad Mood,” West Lakes Division American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. (1st place prize for graduate student paper competition)

“Delivery work and abolition geographies in the platform economy,” The American Association of Geographers’ Annual Conference. Denver, CO. 


“‘Inquilab Zindabad, INS Murdabad’ Refusals and Resistances in Grassroots Post-9/11 Archives” The American Association of Geographers’ Annual Conference. New York, NY, Virtual. 

“Speculative ecologies of the gig economy, or in other words, Grubhub and the Poetics of Relation” Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE). Lexington, KY, Virtual. 


“Postcolonial Identity and the Carnivalesque: The Errant Potentialities of Mustapha Matura’s Theatre” West Lakes Division American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Virtual, October 16. (2nd place prize for graduate student paper competition)


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fall 2023 GEOG 101: Introduction to Human Geography, Course Development Teaching Assistant

Summer 2023 GEOG 342: Geography of Wisconsin, Lecturer

2021-2023 GEOG 101: Introduction to Human Geography, Teaching Assistant

2022-Present ENGL 100: Writing in the World, Odyssey Behind Bars Prison Education Project



Graduate School Public Humanities Exchange Scholarship, Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Graduate Research Award, AAG Economic Geography Specialty Group

Racial Justice Research Award, AAG Digital Geography Specialty Group

Master’s Student Paper Award, AAG Socialist & Critical Geography Specialty Group


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, Bangla


Morgridge Fellowship for Community Engaged Scholarship, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Trewartha Graduate Research Award, Geography Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Two-Year Graduate School University Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison