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.
As a 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 is currently a senior marketing manger on the Echo and Alexa team at Amazon. Previously, she was a senior community strategist in Amazon's publishing division, the VP of Content for the award-winning teen literary site Figment.com, a writer and editor for Slate, a Shakespeare and comics editor at Barnes and Noble Publishing, and a high school English teacher.