Bhaskar Sunkara

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Bhaskar Sunkara
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Born (1989-06-20) June 20, 1989 (age 29)
Alma materGeorge Washington University
  • Publisher
  • writer
  • editor
Years active2010–present
TitleFounder and publisher of Jacobin

Bhaskar Sunkara (born June 20, 1989) is an American political writer. He is the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin magazine and publisher of Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy[1] and Tribune.[2] He is a former vice-chair of the Democratic Socialists of America.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sunkara was born in the United States to parents of Indian ancestry who had migrated to the US from Trinidad a year before he was born.[1] Sunkara credited his politicization to his reading as a teenager: from George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm he developed an interest in Leon Trotsky, reading his autobiography and Isaac Deutscher's three-volume biography, before progressing to the New Left, including thinkers such as Lucio Magri, Ralph Miliband, Perry Anderson and the journal New Left Review. He joined the Democratic Socialists of America at the age of 17, becoming editor of the DSA youth section's blog The Activist.[4] He went on to study history at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he conceived the idea of Jacobin: after his sophomore year, he missed two semesters due to illness, and spent the time reading Marxist works.


By the summer of 2010, he was preparing to return to his studies and inspired to create the magazine, which launched online in September of that year and in print at the beginning of 2011.[1]

Sunkara described Jacobin as a radical publication, "largely the product of a younger generation not quite as tied to the Cold War paradigms that sustained the old leftist intellectual milieus like Dissent or New Politics.[5]

The New York Times interviewed Sunkara in January 2013, commenting on Jacobin's unexpected success and engagement with mainstream liberalism.[6] In late 2014, he was interviewed by New Left Review on the political orientation and future trajectory of the publication[1] and in March 2016 was featured in a lengthy Vox profile.[3]

Sunkara writes for Vice magazine, The New York Times, Washington Post and The Nation, among other outlets.[6] He has appeared on the PBS Tavis Smiley program, MSNBC's Up with Chris Hayes, The Michael Brooks Show[7] and the FX show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.


  1. ^ a b c d Anderson, Perry (November–December 2014). "New masses, new media: Bhaskar Sunkara "Project Jacobin" interview". New Left Review. New Left Review. II (90).
  2. ^ Waterson, Jim (31 August 2018). "US journalist to revive Labour left magazine Tribune". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b Matthews, Dylan (21 March 2016). "Inside Jacobin: how a socialist magazine is winning the left's war of ideas". Vox. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Lessons From the First Red Century". Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  5. ^ "No Short-Cuts: Interview with the Jacobin". Idiom magazine. March 16, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Schuessler, Jennifer (January 1, 2013). "A Young Publisher Takes Marx into the Mainstream". The New York Times.
  7. ^ The Majority Report with Sam Seder (2017-09-11), TMBS - Ep. 6 Why Bannon Is Still President & an American ANC? w/ Bhaskar Sunkara & Katie Halper, retrieved 2018-01-09

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