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Nishant Batsha, 2013

PhD, Columbia University

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 a writer of fiction and histories. 

He is currently revising his first novel. The novel, tentatively titled The Washed Ashore, weaves together the global movement, tragedy, and resilience of two migrants as they make their way to California in the mid 1980s. 

He holds a PhD in history at Columbia University. His academic research focused on Indian indentured labor in Trinidad and Fiji. His dissertation, “The Currents of Restless Toil: Colonial Rule and Indian Indentured Labor in Trinidad and Fiji,” examined the repressive laws and regulations that governed the daily lives of indentured Indians.

Prior to completing his PhD at Columbia, he earned his BA from Columbia University, and his master’s from the University of Oxford, where he was supported by the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Fellowship and the English-Speaking Union, San Francisco Postgraduate Studies Scholarship. 

Nishant lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and cat. He works as the Communications Director for Flair, a smart home-heating-and-cooling startup. When not writing, he can be found at his workbench, where he is a fledgling hand-tools woodworker.

Education
  • PhD History | Columbia University 2017
  • other Global and Imperial History | University of Oxford 2011
  • BA History, Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies | Columbia University 2010
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