Pooja Makhijani is the editor of Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America (Seal Press), an anthology of essays by women that explores the complex ways in which race shapes American lives and families. She is also the author of Mama’s Saris (Little Brown Books for Young Readers), a picture book.
Her bylines have appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Washington Post, NPR, WSJ.com, VICE, The Rumpus, Lucky Peach, BuzzFeed, Quartz, CityLab, and espnW among others. Her essays and short fiction have been published in a number of children’s literary magazines, including Cicada, Kahani, and New Moon.
She has taught writing and children’s literature at Western Connecticut State University and Middlesex County College. In addition, Pooja has conducted writing workshops and presentations at a number of colleges and universities, schools, libraries, and other educational institutions all over the United States and Singapore.
Pooja has worked in educational media throughout her career. At Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, she developed curricula and content across media in the United States, India, Bangladesh, and Tanzania. Pooja has also worked in Children's and Educational Programming at Thirteen/WNET, as well as at HarperCollins and Hachette Book Group USA (formerly Time Warner Book Group). She has consulted for Sesame Workshop India, Uncle Goose, and National Museum of Singapore among others.
She holds a B.S. in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently an M.Ed. candidate at Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.
Pooja lives in New Jersey with her daughter, an antique typewriter, and too many books.