Author, Social Justice Activist, Scientist, Daughter of Refugees and an Immigrant
Madhushree has written prolifically on how food—especially South Asian food—travels globally though immigration, migration and indenture. As the daughter of refugees and an immigrant to America, food stories inform her about the history of her people, how they traveled and what happened to them when they held onto recipes, let go or modified them over countries, continents and generations. Madhushree Ghosh’s debut food narrative memoir, KHABAAR: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family, was published in 2022 by the University of Iowa Press (@uiowapress) to great acclaim. KHABAAR focuses on chefs, home cooks, and food stall owners, and the author’s own immigrant journey as the daughter of refugees, questioning what it means to belong and what does “belonging” in a new place look like in the foods carried over from the old country.
Besides writing about food, recipes and history of food from South Asia, Madhushree works in oncology and infectious diseases’ diagnostics in San Diego where she is a sought-after speaker at major food and book festivals, women in science forums as well as global conversations on domestic partner violence in the South Asian immigrant communities in America.
Her work has been a Notable Mention in Best American Essays in Food Writing, Pushcart nominated and published in The New York Times, Vogue India, Washington Post, LA Times, The Writer, Longreads, Catapult, BOMB, Guernica, LA Review of Books, LitHub and others. She is an invited workshop leader at conferences and workshops such as Grub Street Writers, Encinitas Writers Workshop, San Diego Memoir Writers’ Workshop and others.
PhD in biochemistry, University of Maryland, College Park
Postdoctoral fellowship, molecular biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Executive MBA, Conflict Management and Negotiations, Thunderbird University, Arizona
Executive Women in Leadership, Executive Management course, Cornell University
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Executive Management course, Cornell University
Sirenland Writers Conference: 2014-2019, fellowship 2020
Tin House Writers Workshop: 2011/2012
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