Bio

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Zahir Janmohamed is a journalist based in Portland, Oregon and Ahmedabad, India. He is currently writing a book about the largest ghetto of Muslims in India, an area known as Juhapura.

He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, where he was the inaugural co-recipient of the Anne Cox Chambers fellowship for long-form journalism, as well as from the Mesa Refuge, the Djerassi Resident Arts Program, the Norman Mailer Center, and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. He is a proud alumnus of the VONA workshop for writers of color.

His articles have appeared in The New York TimesForeign Policy, Guernica, The Washington PostThe San Francisco Chronicle, NewsweekThe Boston Review, The GuardianScroll India, and many other publications.

At the moment, he is a regular contributor to The Economic Times.

Prior to working on his book, he spent a decade working in politics. From 2006 to 2009, he worked as the Advocacy Director for Amnesty International where he managed the organization’s lobbying, public outreach, and media work on the Middle East and North Africa.  While at Amnesty International, he appeared on CNN, Fox News, BBC, NPR, and Al Jazeera. He has briefed senior officials at the White House and the State Department and authored numerous Congressional resolutions. In 2009, he was asked to testify before the US Congress about human rights abuses in the UAE. As a result, he was given an award by the UN for his commitment to human rights. After Amnesty International, Janmohamed served as a senior foreign policy aide to Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN).

Email him at zahirj@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @zahirj