Educated up to his Masters in the small town of Gaya in Bihar (India), Tabish Khair is the author of various books, including novels and poetry. After a stint as a journalist in India (Gaya, Patna and Delhi), he did his PhD from Copenhagen University and a DPhil from Aarhus, where he works as an Associate Professor.
Currently, he is a Leverhulme-funded guest professor at Leeds University, UK. He has also taught creative writing at universities in India, UK, Denmark and Hong Kong. His studies include Babu Fictions: Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Novels, and The Gothic, Postcolonialism and Otherness and his novels include Filming: A Love Story and The Thing About Thugs.
In 2016, he published a study, The New Xenophobia and a novel, Just Another Jihadi Jane, to critical acclaim. His new novel, Night of Happiness, comes out in 2018. Winner of the All India Poetry Prize, his fiction has been shortlisted for the Man Asian Prize, the DSC Prize, the Hindu Fiction Prize, Encore Award, etc.