Dr. Rajan is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies. Using qualitative and ethnographic research methods, she has investigated family abuse and intimate partner violence in the Tibetan communities of Qinghai province, China. Her publications explore the economic and social structures underpinning women’s vulnerability to abuse in the home; local Tibetan discourses around the topic of women’s rights; and the question of how and whether theories arising primarily from Western country contexts can be relevant to the experience of family abuse in Tibetan regions and other non-Western settings. Currently, her work continues to focus on dynamics and patterns of family relationships in the region, including the interplay between these dynamics and broader social and political forces.
Prior to becoming an academic, Dr. Rajan worked for many years in the fields of public health and education, as a consultant for the World Health Organization, as a staff member of an NGO tasked with improving public health in rural Tibetan villages, as a secondary school teacher in Tibetan and Chinese schools, and as a Chinese-English and Tibetan-English translator and interpreter.