Gaiutra Bahadur is the author of the narrative history Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture, shortlisted in 2014 for the Orwell Prize for artful political writing. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Nation, Foreign Policy and The Guardian, among other publications. The recipient of literary residencies from MacDowell and Italy’s Bellagio Center, she’s a two-time winner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Award for prose. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in several collections of creative writing, including Nonstop Metropolis and Go Home! She holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia and a B.A. in English Literature from Yale. She won a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard in 2007-2008, in reward for her decade as a daily newspaper staff writer, covering immigration, the Iraq war, and Texas government for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Austin American Statesman.