Kavita Ramanan received her Ph.D. from the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University in 1998. After a post-doctoral position at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, she joined the Mathematical Sciences Center of Bell Laboratories, Lucent, as a Member of Technical Staff. In 2003, she returned to academia and was an Associate Professor, and later Professor, at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, from 2003-2009. In 2010, she moved to Brown University as Professor of Applied Mathematics, and was subsequently appointed the Roland George Dwight Richardson University Professor of Applied Mathematics in 2018. She works in the area of probability theory and stochastic processes, and has made contributions to several fields, including the theory of large deviations, stochastic analysis, interacting particle systems, and the analysis of stochastic networks.
She has served on the Editorial Board of numerous journals, including the Annals of Probability, Annals of Applied Probability, and is currently an Area Editor for Mathematics of Operations Research. She was awarded the Erlang Prize in 2006 for her contributions to applied probabilty. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Mathematical Society and INFORMS, and was granted the Simons Fellowship in 2018. She has been an elected member of the councils of the Insitute of Mathematical Statistics and Association for Women in Mathematics and the Nominations Committee of the American Mathematical Society. She is on the Scientific Advisory Board of ICERM (Institute of Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics). She has a passion for math outreach, and heads a group called the Math CoOp that aims to popularize mathematics to students at different levels. She also served as consultant and narrator for a film called "Srinivasa Ramanujan: The Mathematician and his Legacy".