Kancha Ilaiah is an Indian political theorist, writer and activist for under privileged communities rights. He is a prolific writer in both English and Telugu. He is serving as the Director of the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Hyderabad.
Kancha Ilaiah was born in the village of Papaiahpet, Warangal district in erstwhile Hyderabad State. He has been a recipient of the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Award and was a Nehru Fellow between 1994-97.