Dhooleka Sarhadi Raj is an anthropologist whose research has focused on urban middle class families in Britain and India. Her research and publications have addressed how globalization is experienced at the intersection of the family and the nation state. Most recently, she held the Smuts-Hinduja Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Her book Spaces of Difference: Middle Class Migrants in the Modern World is forthcoming from the University of California Press.
Raj will work on a project titled “Creating Balance: Work, Family, and Community Choices for Middle Class America.” The project, based in Fairfax County, Virginia, addresses how work enters and intersects with home life and the choices people make to create a balance. Raj explores how the transforming interplay between work and family is refiguring the ways in which middle class identity and the definition of family are produced and taught in everyday life. She focuses on the globalization and technological transformations of changing workplace impact on family life and the creation of American class identity.
Raj earned her PhD in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge. She has taught at the University of Cambridge as well as at York University in Canada.