Shyamala Ramakrishna is on the money in politics team at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. She has a B.A. from Yale, and has worked at the ACLU, the Asian American Arts Alliance, and the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town. She lives, writes, and sings in Brooklyn. You can find her on Twitter at @ShyamalaLR. Views expressed are her own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Brennan Center.