Raju Desai is an Indipino (mixed Indian and Filipino) American scholar, dancer, activist, and adventurer. He holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University. He teaches FIL 101, Fil 201, & IP 360: Philippine Food, Music, and Ritual. He also lectures in Philippine Studies at City College of San Francisco every summer where he teaches PHST 30: Philippine Society & Culture thru Film.
He has been teaching Filipino and Filipina/o American History at different grade levels (6th grade through community college) in San Francisco since 2008. He was involved with Pin@y Educational Partnerships, a teaching pipeline, that teaches Critical Filipina/o American History, Culture, and Identity at seven schools (elementary through community college) in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently a PhD student in the College of Education at UH Mānoa.
In 2011, he was Fulbright fellow in the Advanced Filipino Abroad Program (AFAP) at Ateneo de Manila University. That same year, he was also a participant in the Tribal Tour by Kulintang Arts, Inc. (Kularts) where the group collaborated and engaged with multiple lumad and Islamic indigenous groups in Western and Southern Mindanao. The emphasis of this tour was on the rich art, music, dance, and ritual of the various ethnic groups from that region. He is currently co-authoring the Kilusan for Kids Filipino Curriculum vol 2.
His research interests include Philippine/Filipino American Studies, Cultural Studies, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Mixed Race Studies, and Education.