Rustam Singh holds M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science and political philosophy. However, his interests include philosophy, literature, literary theory, environmental philosophy and animal rights as well.
He has held various research and editorial positions including the following: assistant editor of Economic and Political Weekly, Mumbai; research associate at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi; fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla; editor of Summerhill IIAS Review, a journal of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla; member, editorial board of Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, another journal of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla; founding editor of Hindi: Language, Discourse, Writing, a journal of Mahatama Gandhi International Hindi University; visiting scholar at Centre for Philosophy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and senior fellow and senior editor in the publications wing of Eklavya, an NGO active in Madhya Pradesh, India.
He is the author of Violence and Marxism: Marx to Mao (2015), ‘Weeping’ and Other Essays on Being and Writing (2011) and A Story of Political Ideas for Young Readers, Volume 1: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli (2010). His papers and essays have appeared in journals such as Economic and Political Weekly, Seminar, Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Literature, and Comparative and Continental Philosophy etc.
He has published seven collections of poems in Hindi and a volume of his selected poems. His poems have been translated into English, Telugu, Marathi, Panjabi, Malayalam, Swedish, Norwegian, Estonian, Spanish and French.