Distinguished Visiting Lecturer and Writer-in-Residence in English
Office: Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St.
B.A. Modern Languages, University of Oxford, 1994.
M.A. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997.
Rana Dasgupta is a British novelist and essayist. Born in Canterbury in 1971, he studied at Balliol College, Oxford and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In 2001, he moved to New Delhi to write. His first novel, Tokyo Cancelled, appeared in 2005. Solo (2009) won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. In 2014 he published Capital, a non-fiction account of the stupendous changes engulfing the city of Delhi as a result of globalization. Capital won the Ryszard Kapuscinski Award and the Prix Emile Guimet.
Dasgupta's essays and articles have appeared in Granta, New Statesman, Prospect, The Paris Review, The Guardian and The New York Times, and his books have been translated into twenty-one languages. The Daily Telegraph called him one of Britain's best novelists under 40; Le Monde has named him one of 70 people making the world of tomorrow.
Today, Dasgupta is based in London, where he is writing After Nations, a book about the future of global political organisation. He is Literary Director of the JCB Prize for Literature and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer and Writer-in-Residence in the English Department at Brown University.