The Leadership of The Partnership and the Affiliates


Kathryn Cai

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Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and Public Goods Policy Strategist
Oakland, California

Kathryn Cai is a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and Public Goods Policy Strategist at the Partnership. She works to develop and test policy strategies that expand democratic practices and access to public goods. She also helps to craft narratives that tell stories about these practices and the communities they come from. Prior to joining the Partnership, Kathryn worked to expand educational support for underserved youth, on projects to broaden narratives about disability and environmental change and taught classes on racial and gender disparities in environmental harm and health. Her research has examined shifting narratives of racialized and gendered forms of labor (such as factory, domestic, and emotional labor) in transnational contexts and new connections between people and contexts that emerge as these forms of work take shape. Kathryn has a dual B.S. and B.A. in Biology and English from the University of Maryland, College Park and received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and loves to spend time with the trees and water and reading cookbooks.