Dhooleka Sarhadi Raj, PhD (Cantab.) is an anthropologist and author. Her book, “Where are you From? Middle Class Migrants in the Modern World” (2003, University of California Press), analyzes how the nostalgia for culture obscures the complexities of cultural change and belonging in migration through an urban ethnography of Indian parents and children in London, UK. Dr. Raj is currently working on a non-fiction book on Partition of British India. Dr. Raj has focused on the oral history of the event and its aftermath, and had published articles on partition refugees and their families. She has conducted interviews and fieldwork based in Rajinder Nager, Delhi’s first refugee settlement established by PM Nehru in 1948. Her publications, teaching and writing expand cross-cultural understanding and intercultural dialogue especially through empathy.
She has taught at Yale, Harvard and Cambridge. She maintains a deep interest in STEAM and previously worked at Battelle’s, Center for Public Health Research (USA) on evaluation projects with The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Raj is a global nomad, born and raised in Canada, who has also called Australia, England, Japan, Singapore,Thailand, UAE and the USA home. An avid reader— turned parent and educator—she is deeply committed to innovations in childhood literacy teaching and supporting parents and schools to be partners in creating lifelong curious readers. Dr. Raj holds a Phd in Anthropology from The University of Cambridge.