Gaiutra Bahadur is a writer, critic, and journalist based in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her book Coolie Woman, a personal history of Indian indenture in the Caribbean, was shortlisted for Britain’s Orwell Prize for artful political writing in 2014. A journalism professor at Rutgers-Newark, and a former newspaper reporter, she writes for The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Nation, and Dissent, among other publications. Her work has been recognized with literary residencies at MacDowell and Italy’s Bellagio Center and fellowships from Harvard, the British Library, and the New York Public Library. She has also written for The Margins.