Former Project Investigator
Department of History • University of Vienna
Sukanya Rai-Sharma started her BA at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, before coming to the University of Cambridge on a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship to study Old and Middle English Language and Literature, as well as Old Norse Language and Literature. After graduation from her BA degree, Sukanya worked for the World Oral Literature Project at the University of Cambridge's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. This project investigated the range of languages spoken in the Indian state of Sikkim, focussing on the percentage of children who spoke minority languages, and the detection of which languages were in the process of becoming endangered. Its findings ultimately helped the state government to determine the most beneficial language policies in this ethnically diverse area.
Following her work on the World Oral Literature Project, Sukanya completed an MA in Medieval History at the University of London, where her thesis explored the ninth-century world chronicle of Ado of Vienne. From October 2013 to April 2014, she was a Visiting Graduate Student at the University of Cambridge, working under the supervision of Professor Rosamond McKitterick, before joining VISCOM in May 2014. In January 2015, Sukanya will head to the University of Oxford, where she will begin a D. Phil on the circulation and reception of pseudonymous texts in late antiquity, funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council.