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Anand Giridharadas, the author of The True American, is a mid-western native who has traveled around the world writing for the New York Times. He appears regularly on TV and the radio in the United States and globally, including on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Morning Joe, and The Daily Show

He was educated at the University of Michigan, Oxford, and Harvard and his work has received honors from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the South Asian Journalists Association, the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award.

His book, The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, is about Rais Bhuiyan’s campaign to spare from Death Row the white supremacist who tried to kill him (optioned for movie adaption by the director Kathryn Bigelow).

For more information on Anand Giridharadas, visit

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Melinda M. Messineo Department of Sociology
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