Gaiutra Bahadur is an award-winning American journalist and book critic who writes frequently about global migration. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, The Nation, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ms. Magazine, History Today and The (London) Observer, among other publications.
A former daily newspaper reporter, she has reported on topics and topographies ranging from politics in Texas to the war in Iraq, post-Sept. 11 hate crimes to Hinjew weddings, Austin's high-tech immigrants to Arizona's nativists. Gaiutra studied literature at Yale and journalism at Columbia and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. She was born in Guyana and emigrated to the United States with her family when she was six.
Coolie Woman is her first book. It was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, the British literary prize for political writing that is artful. It won the 2014 Gordon and Sybil Lewis Prize --- awarded by scholars of the Caribbean to the best book about the Caribbean published in English, French, Dutch or Spanish in the previous three years --- and was longlisted for the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. On the merits of the manuscript for the book, Gaiutra won a 2013 New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship and a 2013 grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, a national feminist arts organization in the U.S.