Rajika Bhandari
Rajika Bhandari
Rajika Bhandari

Author, researcher, and international education expert

Rajika Bhandari

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Rajika Bhandari is the author of the forthcoming memoir​,​ America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility (She Writes Press​,​ Sep. 14​,​ 2021). A former international student from India to the US and an Indian American immigrant​,​ Rajika Bhandari is an international higher education expert​,​ a widely published author​,​ and a sought-after speaker on issues of international education​,​ skilled immigrants​,​ and educational and cultural diplomacy. An author of five academic books and one previous nonfiction book​,​ Dr. Bhandari is quoted by dozens of global media outlets each year​,​ including The New York Times​,​ The Washington Post​,​ The Wall Street Journal​,​ NPR​,​ The Times of India and Quartz​,​ and her writing has appeared in The Guardian​,​ The Chronicle of Higher Education​,​ HuffPost​,​ University World News​,​ Times Higher Education​,​ and The Diplomatic Courier​,​ among others. She lives outside New York City. www.rajikabhandari.com

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"Books like this make America a kinder and wiser nation." FIROOZEH DUMAS, NYT best-selling author of Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America “An Indian woman’s wonderfully written, illuminating account. . . a valuable study of an extremely important area of “soft diplomacy,” dispelling all sorts of easy and false assumptions. . . . Bhandari is a very talented writer, knowing that in a sea of data there is no better life raft than the telling anecdote.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS “Sometimes funny, often moving, and always thought-provoking, Dr Bhandari’s is a memorable story, and an enjoyable read.” —SHASHI THAROOR, former Under-Secretary General of the UN, and best-selling author of 22 books including India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond “In these times, when vociferous politicians promote isolation and nativism, Rajika Bhandari presents a bold counter-narrative, sharing her deeply personal and eye-opening insights into the trials and tribulations of international students in America—and the great value they bring to the entire country.” —HELEN ZIA, activist and author of Asian American Dreams and The Last Boat out of Shanghai "America Calling is a timely and unique addition to immigrant literature. Bhandari weaves an evocative and compelling narrative of the power of education to connect and transform—experience that resonates deeply with me as a first-generation immigrant and college student." --REYNA GRANDE, award-winning author of A Dream Called Home and The Distance Between Us "Rajika Bhandari is a voice with moral clarity and rigorous intelligence...this is a clarion call for the nation's policymakers and educators to welcome all curious minds." --MAEVE HIGGINS, NYT columnist and award-winning author of Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere As an immigrant with an educational background that spans two continents myself, I see an element of universality in Bhandari's narrative that transcends culture and national origin.” --ANDREW HAMILTON, President of New York University and former Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

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