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Siddharth Dube

Senior Fellow 

Expertise:  poverty, public health, development, AIDS, gay rights, sex work, the UN, land reform, India

Experience:  Siddharth Dube is a non-fiction writer and specialist commentator on poverty, public health, and development.

His books include No One Else: A personal history of outlawed love and sex; In the Land of Poverty: Memoirs of an Impoverished Indian Family, 1947-1997; Sex, Lies and AIDS; and the central essay to photographer Sebastião Salgado's The End of Polio. A sequel to In the Land of Poverty will be published in 2016.

Dube was born in Calcutta in 1961. He studied at Tufts University, the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism, and the Harvard School of Public Health, where he completed his MSc in 1991. He has since been scholar-in-residence at Yale University's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, and a long-term visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. Currently, he is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York City and a contributing editor to The Caravan.

Siddharth Dube has worked and consulted for the World Bank, UNICEF, WHO and other international organizations, most recently as senior adviser to the Executive Director of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. In 2009, he was a member of the UNAIDS Leadership Transition Working Group. He has been awarded research grants by the Ford Foundation, IDRC, and the US Institute of Peace. 

An activist on diverse fronts, in 2006, Siddharth Dube, the writer Vikram Seth and the historian Saleem Kidwai initiated a campaign urging the Indian government and the judiciary to decriminalize same-sex relations. Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen joined the campaign with a complementary open letter, writing, "It is surprising that independent India has not yet been able to rescind the colonial era monstrosity in the shape of Section 377, dating from 1861."

In 2013, Swami Agnivesh, Justice VR Krishna Iyer, Dube and others launched a campaign urging fair and timely trial for the thousands of adivasis in Central India who remain imprisoned as under-trials, often many years after being arrested, accused of ‘Naxalite/ Maoist’ offences. One of Dube's main causes is the decriminalization of consensual, adult sex work, a matter that is discussed in depth in his forthcoming book on outlawed love and sex.



B.A., Tufts University

Masters of Journalism, University of Minnesota

Masters of Science, Harvard School of Public Health





In the Land of Poverty: The Memoirs of an Indian Family, 1947-1997

By Senior Fellow Siddharth Dube

HarperCollins India, 1998



Sex, Lies, and AIDS

By Senior Fellow Siddharth Dube

HarperCollins India, 2000



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