Sundeep Iyer is the child of immigrants from India
Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University
Born in New Jersey, Sundeep is the son of Indian immigrants. His parents came to America in the 1970s, leaving behind families that they felt duty-bound to support. Through their example, Sundeep learned the moral value of helping others.
Democratic ideals excited Sundeep from an early age. Proud of the American system, he nonetheless grew concerned while studying Government as a Harvard undergraduate. As he learned about the dangers of redistricting, he encouraged the low-income middle schoolers he was volunteer-teaching to fight for their rights.
After graduating from Harvard, Sundeep worked for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, a non-partisan think-tank where he directed statistical research to evaluate democratic reforms. His research was used in several federal voter rights cases, and his work has been cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico and National Review. In 2011, he founded the Statistical Reform in Redistricting Project, whose data have been used by the Sunlight Foundation and Georgia's Legislative Black Caucus.
Now, Sundeep is studying for a JD at Yale Law School. He hopes to become an effective voice in safeguarding democracy.