Rani is a dog and TV-obsessed writer, thinker, book lover and vintage clothes collector. Her favorite city is Baltimore, MD. She was a professor of ethnic American and postcolonial literature at Harvard, Yale, and Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in Salon, The New York Times Book Review, Catapult, Hobart, Redivider, Longreads, amongst other places and has work forthcoming in The Rumpus.
Additionally, Rani was long-listed for Cosmonauts Avenue's 2017 Fiction Prize, awarded a 2017 Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Scholarship at the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, MA, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her piece, "My Dida," which was published in Redivider. She is a 2017 Pauline Scheer Fellow and graduate of the Memoir Incubator at Grub Street in Boston.
Rani is currently working on a transnational memoir titled do you love me?, a story about fractured identity and her relationship with her mentally ill Bengali immigrant mother. She is represented by Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management.