Gita Rajan

Professor of English

Gita Rajan is Professor of English and Associate Faculty in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Fairfield University, with a strong research and publication record in South Asian Literatures and Visual Cultures, and Gender, Globalization & Sustainable Development. Rajan was an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, a Paul Mellon Fellow at the Center for British Art at Yale University, and a Scholar in Residence at New York University. She served as the invited Peace Fund Endowed Visiting Professor of Women's Studies at Hamilton College. Her recent publications include New Cosmopolitanisms: South Asians in the US (Stanford University Press) and Gender Advocacy in South Asia (Routledge).  She served as an invited Juror for the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2013.  Rajan is on the Steering Committee of the Connecticut Council of Vital Voices Global Partnership, a world-renowned NGO, committed to improving women’s lives across the globe.  She was invited by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Vital Voices to conduct a workshop for women entrepreneurs from eight African nations in Johannesburg on Networked Sustainable Development.  The Women’s Studies Program at Hamilton College invited Rajan to deliver the Convocation Speech in 2015She is the US Editor of South Asian Popular Culture (One of the top 10 journals from Taylor & Francis, UK).

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