Rajiv Ranjan

(517) 884-4336

B380 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and CulturesSecond Language Studies

Assistant Professor
Indian and South Asian Studies


Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition, the University of Iowa

Rajiv Ranjan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures at Michigan State University (MSU). At MSU, Rajiv is associated with the Asian Studies Program and Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching (MAFLT) Program. He is also the mentor for the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs). Before joining MSU, Rajiv Ranjan taught as a graduate teaching assistant at The University of Iowa, Iowa City (2010-2015) where he received his PhD in Second Language Acquisition in 2015.

In addition to his classroom-teaching experience, Rajiv taught the online graduate courses “FLT 860 Foreign/Second Language Acquisition” at MSU, and “Hindi and Urdu Language Structure for Teaching” at Kean University. He taught an immersion program for the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) during Summer 2016 at University of Wisconsin, Madison and he taught in a study abroad context during the Summers 2015, 2017, and 2018 for the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) in India.

Rajiv’s primary area of research is generative approach to second language acquisition (SLA). His research interests also include socio-cultural approach to SLA, second language writing and speaking, language pedagogy, and morpho-syntax.

Awards and Honors

University News

MSU Assistant Professor Shares How Learning a Language Can Help Students Experience Diverse Perspectives
Published May 24, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
In this Faculty Voice, Rajiv Ranjan, an Assistant Professor of Hindi-Urdu in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures at Michigan State University, talks about some of the…Read now »
Faculty Receive Funding to Develop Open Educational Resources
Published July 9, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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In an effort to promote equal access to information and spaces for all, MSU Libraries have awarded nine MSU faculty members funding assistance for the creation and adaption of open education…Read now »