Vanashree is currently on deputation as the ICCR Chair in Indian Studies at the Centre for Theatre and Performance in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University.
She is a Professor at the Department of English, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. She has also been the former chair of the department.
As a Fulbright Teaching Fellow, she taught at the Department of English, George Washington University. She worked as a UGC Research Associate at Jawaharlal Nehru University (1994-1998) and was also a Senior Fellow at Indo-American Center for Studies. Vanashree is the author and editor of several books, including Why Fiction Matters, Twentieth Century American Fiction: T.S. Eliot’s Children, Antony and Cleopatra, Poetics and Culture: Three Plays of Girish Karnad, Feminine Consciousness in The Fiction of Katherine Anne Porter, among others.
She has been the editor of Research and Criticism, the departmental journal of English, BHU. Her research papers, translated works and book reviews are published in national and international journals in India and USA and have been cited in several interdisciplinary academic researches.