Kanmani Venkateswaran received her M.S.in 2014. Her thesis was titled The Vulnerability of Zambian Communities Living Along the Zambezi River Basin to Floods.
She graduated from Kenyon College in May 2011 with a Bachelors in Biology and a concentration in Environmental Studies. She completed an internship at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment in Bangalore, India in 2012. She has been working with Dr. Siddhartha Krishnan and Dr. Gladwin Joseph on human adaptation to climate change in agricultural communities in Natham taluk, Tamil Nadu. Earlier in the internship, Kanmani was also a part of Indian policy-making, collating the report on sustainability, biodiversity and rural livelihoods for the Planning Commission's Five Year Plan. Kanmani also spent time in 2012 in Ooty, Tamil Nadu mapping self-identified settlements and areas of cultural/religious importance in Toda communities.