Assoc Prof Rajesh Rai

Head of South Asian Studies Programme

B.A. (NUS), M.A. Dist., Ph.D. (Birmingham)
Tel: (65) 6516-3607
Office: AS8 06-40


Rajesh Rai is Associate Professor and Head of the South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore. His research interests are in the areas of: Diaspora Studies; South Asian Nationalisms; and the Postcolonial History and Politics of South Asia.


Research Interests/Publications:

Author of Indians in Singapore, 1819-1945: Diaspora in the Colonial Port City (Oxford University Press, 2014), Rai has edited and co-edited several books including Singapore Indian Heritage (National Heritage Board, 2017); Religion and Identity in the South Asian Diaspora (Routledge: 2013); South Asian Diaspora: Transnational Networks and Changing Identities (Routledge: 2009); and the Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora (Editions Didier Millet, 2006). A/P Rai’s articles have been published in premier academic journals such as Modern Asian Studies, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies and South Asian Diaspora.


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