Pragya Agarwal is a behavioural and data scientist, and the author of 'Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias' and 'Wish we knew what to say: Talking with children about race'. After her PhD from University of Nottingham, she was a senior academic in US and UK Universities for over 12 years and held the prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship.
Her next books '(M)otherhood: On the choices of being a woman' is out on 3 June 2021. It is a part-memoir, part historical and scientific analysis, part-manifesto, an inclusive and intersectional examination of bodies, choices, reproductive justice. It is her story as a brown woman (we don't hear enough of these) and society's monitoring and obsession with women's fertility (or the lack of it). It is hopefully honest and intimate, but also universal in how we feel othered in our own bodies, about home and belonging. It can be pre-ordered here.
She is also the founder of a research think-tank 'The 50 Percent Project' examining societal inequities, and a freelance writer for Guardian, Prospect, Forbes, Huffington Post, BBC Science Focus, Scientific American and New Scientist amongst others.
Pragya is a two-time TEDx speaker and has given keynotes and talks for schools, universities, charities and has worked as an anti-racism and inclusivity consultant with global corporate, governmental and research organisations. Pragya has appeared on many international podcasts and shows such as NPR, BBC Women's Hour, BBC Radio 4 'The Spark' and so on. She has organised a TEDx Women event and more recently an online South Asian Literary Festival, and has a podcast Outside the Boxes. In 2020, she also launched a podcast mini-series Wish We Knew What to Say to accompany the book of the same name.
In 2018, she was the winner of the Diverse Wisdom Writing award from Hay House Publishing, and was named as one of the 100 influential women in social enterprise in the UK, and one of 50 people creating change in the UK-India corridor.