Nishant Batsha

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Nishant Batsha is a writer of fiction and histories.

He is the author of Mother Ocean Father Nation (Ecco/HarperCollins: June 7 2022), a novel that follows the paths of two Indian siblings in an unnamed South Pacific island nation falling to military rule. He's also at work on a second novel set between California and New York at the dawn of World War I.

He holds a PhD in history from Columbia University, as well as a master's from the University of Oxford (on a Doctorow Fellowship and ESU-SF Scholarship) and an undergraduate degree from Columbia. His academic research focused on Indian indentured labor in Trinidad and Fiji.

Nishant's writing has been supported by the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Prelinger Library, as well as fellowships such as the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. He lives in Buffalo, NY with his wife and two children.