Piyali Bhattacharya is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University where she teaches and writes fiction and nonfiction. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Literary Hub, The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalNational Geographic and elsewhere. She is the editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion (Aunt Lute Books, 2016). The book was awarded gold medals from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and was a finalist for several other awards. It also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was named an "Asian American Literary Achievement of 2016" by NBC, a "Best Nonfiction Book of 2016" by Entropy, and listed among the "10 Essential Books about the Immigrant Experience" by Publishers Weekly. Piyali is currently at work on her first novel.



University of Wisconsin - Madison – Master of Fine Arts degree [2016] in Fiction.

SOAS, University of London - Master of Arts degree [2009] in Critical Media and Cultural Studies; Concentration in Gender Studies; Dissertation with Merit.

Bryn Mawr College - Bachelor of Arts degree [2007] in English Literature and South Asia Studies; Concentrations in Creative Writing and Religious Theory; Graduated Cum Laude.