Rajika is available as a keynote speaker and to moderate discussions on topics such as international higher education; international and foreign students; access and equity issues in education; women and education; being a skilled immigrant in the U.S.; and international exchanges between the U.S. and India. Contact her here for an event.

Virtual Book Launch Week for America Calling Sep. 13 - 16, 2021


Monday, Sep. 13, 7:00-8:00 PM EST/4:00-5:00PM Pacific: Pre-launch event organized by the Irvington Public Library and the Village Bookstore. I was in conversation with Reyna Grande, best-selling author of A Dream Called Home, and where we discussed the themes of migration, immigration and education in our books.

PUB DAY! Tuesday, Sep. 14, 12:00 noon - 1pm EST/9-10am Pacific/9:30 - 10:30 pm IST: Launch event hosted by the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. I was in conversation with Chronicle of Higher Education reporter, Karin Fischer, followed by a panel discussion on the way forward for international students in the U.S. with: Jorge G. Gonzalez, President of Kalamazoo College; Fanta Aw, Vice President of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence, American University; Stephanie Kim, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Georgetown University; and Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director of the Presidents' Alliance. View the recording here.

PUB DAY! Tuesday, Sep. 14, 2021, 6:45 PM EST/3:45 PM Pacific: Evening launch event hosted by Engage Asia where I was in conversation with David Janes, Chair of the Board of Engage Asia. We discussed my book, international educational exchange, and educational diplomacy especially between the U.S. and Asia.


Book Talks and Campus Events featuring America Calling

Speaker, Fall for the Book Literary Festival, Fairfax, VA, Oct. 13, 2022


Keynote, Global Engagement Week, Kenyon College, Ohio, Oct. 2022

Book talk, in conversation with Elly Fishman, author of Refugee High, Boswell Books and ECE Credential Evaluators, Milwaukee, June 13, 2002


Author showcase, NAFSA Annual Conference 2022, Denver, May 31, 2022


Keynote, Internationalization Summit, University of Denver, May 27, 2022

Keynote, Washington International Education Conference, DC, March 25, 2022

Keynote and book talk, South Asian Heritage Month, George Washington University, Washington DC, March 24, 2022

Plenary Speaker, Migrants with Mortar Boards: Serving the Whole International Student, Eurasia Higher Education (EURIE) Summit, March 4, 2022

Guest speaker, The Size and Shape of International Education in a new Competitive Landscape, Holon IQ, Feb. 24, 2022


Book talk, in conversation with Megan Holt, Executive Director of One Book One New Orleans, hosted by Octavia Books, New Orleans, February 21, 2022.

Keynote, American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) Annual Conference, Miami, Florida, Dec. 9, 2021

Book talk, in conversation with Vinod Busjeet, author of Silent Winds, Dry Seas, hosted by Duende Books, Dec. 7 2021


Book talk hosted by the U.S.-India Education Foundation (the Fulbright Commission), Nov. 16 2021, during International Education Week.

Book talk, Suffolk University, Nov. 16 2021, during International Education Week.


Book talk, hosted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Sep. 30, 2021

Book talk, Society for Intercultural Training and Research (SEITAR), DC Chapter, Sep. 22, 2021

Keynote, Times Higher Education Student Festival, Sep. 9, 2021

Keynote, Understanding the "other": The Power of Education. Bronx Book Fair, 4:30pm EST, July 31, 2021

Keynote speech, International Association for College Admissions Counseling 2021 Conference, July 12, 2021

Panel Discussion, Women Leading Transformative Change in Higher Education. ISEP and the Global Leadership League, June 28, 2021.

Book talk, High School Moms and International Alliance of Counselors and Educators, June 14, 2021

Moderator, South Asian Author Panel, Women's National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter, May 21, 2021.


Shows and Podcasts featuring America Calling

Select Speaking Engagements

Commencement Speaker, Masters in International Education Program, George Washington University, May 15, 2021.

Panelist, Will international students return in fall 2021? A vital resource at risk, briefing organized by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, April 7, 2021.

Moderator and Host, A. Noam Chomsky Global Connections Awards and Closing Ceremony, STAR Scholars Network 2020 Conference. Special address by Professor Noam Chomsky on his 92nd birthday, Dec. 8, 2020.

Keynote, The role of higher education in promoting diversity in education abroad. A Catalyst for Change: Promoting health equity in global medical education in the post-COVID-19 era conference organized by Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar and the American Association of Medical Colleges, Dec. 4, 2020.

Invited panelist, First- and second-generation immigrant students in higher education. Organized by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and the Migration Policy Institute, October 2020.

Panelist and Chair, Staying resilient, looking ahead: COVID-19’s influence on Indian and Nepalese students’ views on education and careers, IC3 Institute, September 2020.

Invited panelist, Internationalization and entry of foreign institutions in India, O.P. Jindal Global University, September 2020.

Invited panelist, The Evolving Role of Employers in Dealing with the Needs of Working Parents, Global Talent Summit organized by Diplomatic Courier and Minerva, September 2020.

Invited panelist, AIEA Town Hall: How international education can contribute to racial and social justice, June 2020.

Invited panelist, Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley: COVID-19: The end or revival of international higher education? May, 2020

Invited panelist, Times of India Mission Admission:  Options for Indian students seeking an international education. May 2020.

Panelist, Access to quality: how higher education competes for talent, WISE Summit, Doha, Nov. 19-21, 2019.

Plenary speaker, Pathways and Trends for Global Education, 2019 National Chinese Language Conference, organized by the Asia Society and the College Board, San Diego, May 2019.

Invited speaker, panel on International Students and Global STEM Talent: Implications for Science and Innovation, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Policy Forum, Washington DC, May 2019.


Keynote panel, National Science Foundation (NSF) Workshop on International Center-Level Collaborations to Enhance Research and Workforce Development, Washington DC, April 2019.

Invited speaker, International students: Institutional strategies in difficult times. American Council on Education (ACE) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, March 2019.

Invited speaker, Global academic mobility and knowledge flows: Megatrends, challenges and opportunities, National Science Foundation (NSF) Distinguished Speaker Series, Washington, DC, Dec. 2018.


Invited speaker, Symposium on Intelligent Internationalization: The shape of things to come. Boston College Center for International Higher Education, Boston, Nov. 2018.


Panelist, launch of the 2018 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report, United Nations, New York City, Nov. 2018.

Invited speaker, Research, Evaluation and Learning Summit, Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, Washington DC, Feb. 2018.

Panelist, Economic impacts of international exchange: a Capitol Hill briefing on trends in student mobility. IIE Washington Forum and the House International Exchange Caucus, Washington DC, Jan. 2018.

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Book Talks and Events for The Raj on the Move

Moderator, panel on Historical Fiction: Shared Histories, Modern Interpretations, Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) Literary Festival, New York City, 2015.

Moderator, panel on Fiction, Indo-American Arts Council Literary Festival, New York City, 2014.

Panelist, Unpacking the Empire: Colonial Histories and Modern Interpretations. Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) Literary Festival, New York City, 2014.

Book Talk, The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow. Institute of International Education, New York, April 2013.

Book launch & reading, The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow. CMYK Bookstore, New Delhi, India, January 2013.

Book launch & reading, The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow. Indo-American Arts Council, New York City, December 2012.