Samantha Rajaram spent most of her childhood in Gillette, Wyoming, where she and her family were the first Indian-Americans to live in the community. She received her B.A. in English from U.C.L.A. and her M.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied slave narrative and African-American literature. She also holds a law degree from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and is teaching composition and literature at Chabot College in Hayward, California.
Her work has been published in India Currents and she was a contributor to Our Feet Walk The Sky, the first South Asian-American anthology published in the U.S. While in law school, she focused on social justice and international human rights law with a focus on female sex trafficking. She is a 2018 Pitch Wars mentee and is currently finishing two novels—one set in Pondicherry, India based in part on her family's experience as part of the Indian diaspora, and another inspired by true historical events during the Dutch Golden Age. She recently signed with literary agent Carrie Pestritto at Laura Dail Literary. She lives in the California Bay Area with her three children.