Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan works at the intersections of ethnic, postcolonial, and Anglophone literary studies, with an emphasis on Asian American and South Asian Anglophone cultural production. Her research begins with contemporary literature and opens onto questions about identity, temporality, and knowledge production across fields. She is currently completing a book that offers a metacritical, institutionally-situated analysis of 20th and 21st century Indian English literatures.
Srinivasan is a co-editor of Thinking With an Accent: Toward a New Object, Method, and Practice (UC Press, 2023) and “1990 at 30” (Post45 Contemporaries, 2020), and editor of “From Postcolonial to World Anglophone: South Asia as Test Case” (Interventions, 2018). Her scholarly essays have been published or are forthcoming in journals including Modern Language Quarterly, Comparative Literature, CJPLI, Feminist Formations, GLQ, Verge, South Asian Review, and ARIEL, and in edited volumes including The Critic as Amateur (Bloomsbury, 2019), Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women Writers (MLA Options 2021), and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia (2018).
Srinivasan is Co-Chair of the Academic Council of the South Asian American Digital Archive. She is also a freelance essayist with an extensive record of public writing, including online for The New Yorker, Guernica, LARB, Public Books, Hyphen, Asian American Writer’s Workshop, and openDemocracy, and in print with The Caravan, The Philosopher, and Himal Southasian. She wrote an award-winning, syndicated column for India Currents from 2001-2016 and was Editor of the magazine from 2007-2009. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in Meridians, Kartika Review, Politics/Letters, and MarchXness.
Before coming to Rice, Srinivasan taught at the University of Arizona, the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of California, Berkeley. She is an affiliate faculty member of Rice’s department in Transnational Asian Studies.