Jyoti Thottam is a journalist now working on her first book, a work of narrative non-fiction set in India after partition, that will be published by Viking in 2019.
Most recently, she was a news editor at Al Jazeera America, where she wrote and edited features and investigative stories on everything from truancy reform in Texas to extra-judicial killing in Kashmir.
She spent 13 years as a writer and editor at Time magazine, including four years as South Asia Bureau chief based in New Delhi, and as director of content for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
At Time, her notable cover stories include an early piece about the technology and business model behind Google, an exploration of how offshore outsourcing is transforming the U.S. economy and an influential profile of Narendra Modi, before he was considered a viable candidate for Prime Minister.
She has reported from seven South Asian countries and covered the conflicts in Sri Lanka and Kashmir and the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Earlier in her career, she worked for newspapers in Jacksonville, Fla., Queens, N.Y.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, Bookforum and the Believer.
She holds a B.A. from Yale University in Economics and Religious Studies and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.