Anand Giridharadas is a writer.

He is the author, most recently, of “The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas,” about a Muslim immigrant’s campaign to spare from Death Row the white supremacist who tried to kill him (optioned for movie adaption by Annapurna Pictures). In 2011 he published “India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking,” about returning to the India his parents left.

He is an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. He is a former columnist and correspondent for The New York Times, having written, most recently, the biweekly “Letter from America.” His datelines have included ItalyIndiaChinaDubaiNorway, Japan, HaitiBrazilColombiaNigeriaUruguay, and the United States. He has also written for The Times's arts, business, and travel pages, and its Book Review, Sunday Review, and magazine--and for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was raised there, in Paris, France, and in Maryland, and educated at the University of Michigan, Oxford, and Harvard. He worked briefly as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in Mumbai, before becoming a journalist in 2005, reporting from that city for the International Herald Tribune and The Times for four and a half years. He was appointed a columnist in 2008. He first interned for The New York Times at age 17, writing two articles on money and politics under the tutelage of Jill Abramson. 

He appears regularly on TV and the radio in the United States and globally, including on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, “Morning Joe,” and "The Daily Show." He has given talks on the main stage of TED and at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, the University of Michigan, the Aspen Institute, Summit at Sea, the Sydney Opera House, the United Nations, the Asia Society, PopTech and Google. He has received honors from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the South Asian Journalists Association, the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award. He is a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Anand lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Priya Parker, and son, Orion.


For publicity inquiries regarding "The True American" and review copies, etc., please contact:

Lovett, Erin Sinesky
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10110



To book Anand for a speech, lecture or panel discussion, please contact Bob Davis of the American Program Bureau; Anand’s speaker page, with potential topics, is here. Bob’s details are:

Bob Davis, Senior Vice President
American Program Bureau, Inc.
313 Washington Street, Suite 225, Newton, MA 02458, USA
apbspeakers.com | bdavis@apbspeakers.com
Phone: (+1).800.225.4575 Ext. 1618 | Fax: (+1).617.965.6610


Anand’s literary agent for future work is:

Lynn Nesbit
Janklow & Nesbit Associates
445 Park Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10022
+1 212-421-1700


For rights inquiries pertaining to “The True American” or “India Calling,” please contact:

Steve Wasserman
The Kneerim & Williams Agency LLC
475 Park Ave South (4th Floor)
New York, NY  10016-6901


For film and television inquiries, please contact:

Michelle Weiner
Creative Artists Agency
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067


Email: a@anand.ly

Twitter: @AnandWrites

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AnandWrites

If you need a photograph of Anand, you can use either of the images below. The one on the left should be credited to "Earl Wilson/The New York Times"; the one on the right, to "Darshan Photography."