Rajeswari Sunder Rajan’s areas of research and teaching include postcolonial studies, feminist theory, gender and culture in South Asia, religion and secularism, Indian writing in English, and the British Victorian novel.
Dr. Rajan has taught in various colleges in India, at the University of Oxford in the U.K., at George Washington University, New York University, and the University of Chicago in the United States. She was a Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi (1994 to 2000) and at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi (2000 to 2001), and a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (2017). She was the Shansi Visiting Professor at Oberlin College, Ohio, in 2001; Visiting Professor at the University of Delhi in 2011; and the Schaffner Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago in Spring 2022.
Dr. Rajan was one of the founding editors of the postcolonial studies journal, Interventions, published by Routledge.
In 2009, with principal applicant Josephine McDonagh at King’s College, London, and Supriya Chaudhuri at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, she was awarded a Leverhulme Network Grant for a three-year international collaborative project entitled “Commodities and Culture, 1851-1914.” A volume titled Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World, jointly edited with Supriya Chaudhuri, Josephine McDonagh, and Brian Murray (Routledge, 2017), resulted from this project.
In 2017, she initiated an international network research project on Postcolonial Print Cultures at NYU, in collaboration with Dr. Neelam Srivastava at Newcastle University (UK) (https://postcolonialpc.com/). The project brings together scholars from both institutions, along with others in India, S. Africa, Britain and the USA, to explore this new and rapidly growing field of research in postcolonial studies, via a series of workshops and conferences. Five international conferences were organized between 2017 and 2020, at NYU, Newcastle, London, and NYU Abu Dhabi. A volume titledHandbook of Postcolonial Print Cultures, co-edited with Toral Gajarawala, Neelam Srivastava and Jack Webb (Bloomsbury, forthcoming), is a product of this collaboration.