Rajeev S. Patke, who was born in India, holds a a BA and an MA from the University of Poona, and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is Associate Professor and coordinator of the Postgraduate Studies Programme in the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore. He also co-edits the department's Working Papers on Language, Literature, and Theatre.
His main research interests include twentieth-century poetry, postcolonial literature and theory, and cultural studies. He has published The Long Poems of Wallace Stevens: An Interpretative Study (Cambridge University Press, 1985) and with Robert Lumsden, co-edited Institutions in Cultures: Theory and Practice (Rodopi, 1996).
He has also published articles on American poetry and also contributed to books on Shakespeare, on Deconstruction, and on poetry from India, Australia, and Singapore. He chaired the panel for judges of the National Book Awards (Poetry in English) in 1994 and 1996.