Mira Kamdar was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society in 2008. Based at the Society's New York headquarters, her work focused on issues of equity and sustainability in a world subject to the accelerating forces of globalization and climate change, and on a changing U.S.-Asia relationship. She has been a been a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute since 1993, and was Acting Director in 1996-97.
Ms. Kamdar's latest book is Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World (Scribner, 2008). The book has been published in over a dozen foreign editions. Her critically acclaimed memoir, Motiba's Tattoos: A Granddaughter's Journey into her Indian Family's Past (Public Affairs, 2000) was a 2000 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection and won the 2002 Washington Book Award. She is currently writing a book on Gandhi.
Ms. Kamdar is a regular speaker at high-level international gatherings in the United States, Europe and Asia. Her opinions and articles have appeared in publications around the world, including Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, World Policy Journal, Times of India, Daily News & Analysis, Outlook, Tehelka, The Guardian, and Yale Global. Mira writes in French for Le Monde Diplomatique magazine and the blog Planète Asie, and for her regular column “Le mot de l’Inde” published in Courrier International. She blogs for the Huffington Post and for World Policy Journal. Mira regularly provides expert commentary for radio and television, including CNN International, Bloomberg TV, BBC, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Headlines Today, TV Asia, Radio France International and France 24.
Ms. Kamdar holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. from Reed College.