Neha Thirani Bagri is an independent journalist who writes about the intersections of gender, politics, development, and climate change.
Previously she reported for Quartz based in New York and wrote stories on the first US town to being relocated because of climate change, the anxiety of being an asylum seeker in the US, an underground university educating persecuted Baha’i students in Iran, and an enclave of Soviet immigrants in New York who were rooting for Donald Trump during the 2016 election.
Prior to that, she was a staff reporter for The New York Times’ South Asia bureau for four years, writing regularly for the print and digital editions. During her time there she covered subjects as diverse as sex education in government schools and the role of sectarian violence in the Bihar elections. She also published front-page feature stories in the international edition of The New York Times on the paucity of open spaces in Mumbai and bureaucratic red tape hindering infrastructure development in India.
Previously, she worked as a correspondent at the feature desk of The Times of India, India’s largest English-language newspaper.
Neha graduated from Columbia Journalism School with an MA in Politics and Global Affairs in 2016. Her master’s thesis on a self-invented feminist activist who defends women accused of witchcraft in the India was published in Roads and Kingdoms. She was also selected to participate in the International Fellows Program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
In 2016, she travelled to Bangladesh with a fellowship from the Overseas Press Club and The GroundTruth Project to report on the disproportionate impact of climate-induced migration on women in coastal villages, which was published in Al Jazeera.
Previously she won the John Woods scholarship for creative non-fiction at the Prague Summer Program and the Roger Boye Oxbridge Bursary.
She holds an MSt. in English Literature from Oxford University and a BA in English Literature and International Studies from Northwestern University.
She is based in Mumbai, India, and is passionate about travel, photography and strong coffee.