P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Nishant Batsha, 2013


Nishant Batsha is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in History at Columbia University

Nishant Batsha is the author of Mother Ocean Father Nation (Ecco/HarperCollins, June 2022), a debut novel that follows the paths of two Indian siblings in an unnamed South Pacific island nation falling to military rule.

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. 

He lives in Buffalo, NY with his wife and two children.

  • PhD History | Columbia University 2017
  • MS Faculty of History | University of Oxford 2011
  • BA History | Columbia University 2010
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