Rajeswari Sunder Rajan was educated in Bombay and Washington DC. She taught for many years in India before moving to the U.K. where she was Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College and Reader in the English faculty at the University of Oxford. Dr. Sunder Rajan has been a Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and at the Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi; in 2001 she was a Shansi Visiting Professor at Oberlin College, Ohio. Dr. Sunder Rajan's work spans debates about the relationship between gender, postcolonialism and culture in India, and addresses issues relating to law, religion, and secularism in the postcolonial nation. Additionally, she works on British nineteenth-century literature and Anglophone postcolonial literature.
Sunder Rajan was one of the founding editors of the postcolonial studies journal Interventions, published by Routledge.
She is currently setting up a research project on Postcolonial Print Cultures with Dr. Neelam Srivatsava at Newcastle University (UK) that will bring together scholars from both institutions, along with other scholars from India, the UK, and the USA, to collaborate in a series of workshops to map this new and rapidly growing field of research in postcolonial studies.
Recent publications include 'Zeitgeist and the Literary Text: India, 1947, in Qurratulain Hyder's My Temples, Too, and Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, in Critical Inquiry (Summer 2014). 'Feminism's Futures: The Limits and Ambitions of Rokeya's Dream,' in Economic and Political Weekly (October 2015), and 'A Woman's Worth' in Granta (2015). A volume of essays, Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World, jointly edited with Professors Supriya Chaudhuri, Josephine McDonagh, and Brian Murray is forthcoming (Routledge, 2017). The volume is the product of a three-year international collaboration on a project titled 'Commodities and Cultures, 1851-1914', funded by a Leverhulme Network Grant.
Dr. Sunder Rajan is currently completing a book on the post-Midnight's Children Indian novel in English, while starting another (jointly with Anuradha Needham) on 'Women in Indian Cinema'.