Soumya Shankar is a politics and international affairs journalist focused on the region of South Asia, and the South Asian community in America. Her work, centered on electoral politics, conflict, migration and social movements has appeared in Foreign Policy, South China Morning Post, The Intercept, Religion News Service, The Caravan, The Hindu Businessline, among others.
She was declared a GroundTruth Fellow in Fall 2019 to cover the rise of democratically elected authoritarian leaders for the ‘Democracy Undone’ project. A recipient of the Foreign Press Association USA’s Scholarship Award 2018, Shankar teaches journalism at Stony Brook University.
Raised in New Delhi and a current resident of New York City, she is a passionate defender and critic of both. Shankar holds a Masters in Politics and Global Affairs from the Columbia Journalism School and remains a lifelong student of political science and philosophy.