Raj is an award-winning writer, activist and academic. He currently is a research professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, and he co-taught the Edible Education class at University of California, Berkeley, with Michael Pollan. He is a 2016 recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award.
He has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and protested against them around the world. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US House Financial Services Committee and is an Advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. He regularly writes for The Guardian, and has contributed to the Financial Times, LA Times, NYTimes.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Mail on Sunday, and The Observer. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and his latest, The Value of Nothing, is a New York Times best-seller. While at the Mesa Refuge, Raj worked on Generation Food, a book and documentary film about the global food system with award-winning director Steve James.