When Rani was twelve years old she decided that she had lived enough life to write her first memoir. She has secretly wanted to be a creative writer ever since. She got her PhD in Ethnic Studies and Film from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focused on the intersection of film, literature and history in 20th and 21st Century Ethnic American and Postcolonial film and literature. After completing her degree, she taught at Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Brandeis University. Her work has appeared in Salon, The New York Times Book Review, Catapult, Hobart, Redivider, amongst other places. Additionally, she was longlisted 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 work in Redivider. She is a 2017 Pauline Scheer Fellow and graduate of the Memoir Incubator at Grub Street in Boston currently working on a transnational memoir titled do you love me? about fractured identity and her relationship with her mentally ill Bengali immigrant mother. She is represented by Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management.
Rani has taught dozens of students how to write and think critically about literature, film, history and culture. She has helped multiple students with their applications to MBA programs, law school, medical school, and doctoral programs in their respective disciplines. She has the ability to help students find and tell their stories. Rani is now a professor, writer, tutor, and admissions coach.
In her spare time, Rani can be found walking her three rescue pups or watching the next prestige drama on FX or HBO.