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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Nina Shen Rastogi, 2007

Pronunciation: Ruh-STOH-ghee (hard G!)

MA, New York University (NYU)

Nina Shen Rastogi is the child of immigrants from India and China

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MA in Cultural Reporting and Criticism at New York University (NYU)

Nina's career criss-crosses the worlds of editorial and technology. She's currently a member of the News Feed communications team at Facebook; before that, she was one of the first members of Amazon's Alexa marketing team and helped develop social writing programs for Kindle. She was the VP of Content for the award-winning teen literary site, a writer and editor for Slate, a Shakespeare and comics editor, and a high school English teacher. She's also written a popular Game of Thrones recap for New York Magazine for five seasons, which is where all her Twitter followers come from. 

As a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, Nina received an MA in cultural reporting and criticism from New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with a BA in English and also holds an MA in Shakespearean studies from King's College London and the Globe Theatre, where her dissertation on binary concepts in Measure for Measure was awarded a mark of distinction.

Nina was born in the United States to parents who have since become American citizens. Her mother is from Taiwan and her father is from India.

  • MA Cultural Reporting and Criticism | New York University (NYU) 2009
  • MA Shakespearean Studies | King's College 2004
  • BA English | Yale University 2002
Work History
  • Amazon, Senior Marketing Manager, Amazon Echo and Alexa
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