Raka Sen

Raka Sen

2017 CohortPhoto credit: Marcus T. Wright

McNeil 331


Raka Sen is a graduate student in the sociology program at Penn. Her research interests include the sociology of climate change, social resilience, cities, neighborhoods and disaster sociology, and she looks at how everyday adjustments in peoples lives are in fact a form of climate change adaptation. Raka was awarded the 2019-2020 Fulbright Nehru Research Grant to study how climate change adaptation in the Indian and Bangladeshi Sundarbans is fundamentally reshaping gender roles in the region. Prior to beginning her graduate study, she was a Researcher at Rebuild By Design, a resilience initiative launched after Hurricane Sandy. At Rebuild she worked on a study of managed retreat in the Sandy region and studied how long term infrastructure projects develop over time. A Colorado native, she holds a B.A. in Sociology, Urban Design & Architecture Studies from New York University.

Research Interests

Climate change, social resilience, cities, neighborhoods and disaster sociology

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Sociology, Instructor: Onoso Imogene     Fall 2018

Teaching Assistant, Sociology of Mental Illness, Instructor: Jason Schnittker     Spring 2019


Selected Publications

A Crisis of the Imagination: What is in Store for our Planetary Future?
A Review of Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future by Geoff Mann and Joel Wainwright, Book Review, Communication and the Public, March 2019

Hungry Tides, Salty Lives. Opinion Editorial, Dhaka Tribune, July 2019

The Hungry Tides In Gabura, Opinion Editorial, Dhaka Tribune, July 2018

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