Nikhil Goyal

Visiting Scholar

Nikhil Goyal standing in front of a wall of books

Nikhil Goyal is a sociologist who has taught for the NYU Prison Education Program and author of Live to See the Day: Coming of Age in American Poverty (Metropolitan/Macmillan, 2023). He served as senior policy advisor on education and children for Chairman Senator Bernie Sanders on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and Committee on the Budget. He developed education, child care, and child tax credit federal legislation as well as a tuition-free college program for incarcerated people and correctional workers in Vermont. Goyal has appeared on CNN, Fox, and MSNBC, and written for the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalTimeThe Nation, and other publications. He was a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace at Middlebury College and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Library Company and Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Goyal earned his B.A. at Goddard College and M.Phil and Ph.D at the University of Cambridge.

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