Dr Sweta Rajan-Rankin joined the University of Kent in 2016, previously having held appointments at Brunel University London and the University of Oxford.
Originally from India, her qualifications include a first class BA (Hons) in Psychology from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a specialism in medical and psychiatric social work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. She was awarded the M.K.Tata Prize for the Best Student in Social Work, Kalidas Shield for Best Field Work Student, Grace Mathews Shield and Prize for Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from the Tata Institute and the Kalanidhi Puraskar for Outstanding Achievement in Art from Lady Shri Ram College.
In 2003, with the help of the British Chevening Scholarship, Dr Rajan-Rankin read for an MSc in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford. This led to a combined MPhil in Comparative Social Policy (2003-2005) and a DPhil in Social policy at Barnett House, University of Oxford (2005-2010).
Sweta is a lively, enthusiastic and chatty person who loves meeting new people. Past students keep in contact with her to share their experiences and remember the passionate conversations in the classroom.
Dr Rajan-Rankin's research interests fall within the sociology of race and ethnicity, and speak more specifically to three main strands:
Dr Rajan-Rankin is currently developing funding bids for two projects which use innovatory methods to unpack issues around diaspora, ethnic identity and migrancy:
Dr Rajan Rankin’s approach to teaching is informed by a critical approach which encourages curiosity. She uses mainly interactive teaching methods and views her classes as a conversational space where taken for granted assumptions can be challenged and all forms of knowledge, academic, experiential and intuitive are valued. She teaches modules on social work programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Dr Rajan-Rankin welcomes interest from PhD students in the areas of social policy in developing countries; embodiment, transnationality and racialization; social work and professional identities; ageing, race and diaspora and temporality and sensory ethnographies.