About Nishant Batsha

Nishant Batsha is the author of Mother Ocean Father Nation (Ecco/HarperCollins, June 2022), a debut novel that follows the paths of two Indian siblings in an unnamed South Pacific island nation falling to military rule.

He holds a PhD in history from Columbia University, as well as a master's from the University of Oxford (on a Doctorow Fellowship and ESU-SF Scholarship) and an undergraduate degree from Columbia. His academic research focused on Indian indentured labor in Trinidad and Fiji. 

He lives in Buffalo, NY with his wife and two children.


  • BA in History, Columbia University
  • MS in Faculty of History, University of Oxford
  • PhD in History, Columbia University

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