Ralph Crane was born and raised in Preston, England, and educated at the University of Wales, Swansea, the University of Victoria, Canada, and the University of Tasmania, Australia. He has worked at the University of Otago (1990-1991) and the University of Waikato (1992-2003) in New Zealand, and since 2004 he has worked at the University of Tasmania, Australia where he is Professor of English .
He has published widely on colonial and postcolonial fictions, and has written or edited nineeen books. As part of his ‘Raj Recovery Project’ he has prepared scholarly editions of four Anglo-Indian (Raj) novels for Oxford University Press India: Love Besieged, by Charles E. Pearce (2003); Lilamani, by Maud Diver (2004); Daughters of India, by Margaret Wilson (2007); and The Broken Road, by A.E.W. Mason (2008). His edition of Flora Annie Steel’s The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook (co-edited with Anna Johnston) was published in OUP’s World’s Classics Series in 2010.
Ralph's book Imperialism as Diaspora (co-authored with Radhika Mohanram) was published by Liverpool University Press in 2013. Cave (with Lisa Fletcher) is forthcoming in Reaktion Books' 'Earth' Series; his new scholarly edition of R.M. Ballantyne's The Coral Island (with Lisa Fletcher) is forthcoming from Valancourt.