Sharmila Sen grew up in Calcutta, India, and immigrated to the United States when she was 12. She was educated in the public schools of Cambridge, Mass., received her A.B. from Harvard and her Ph.D. from Yale in English literature. As an assistant professor at Harvard she taught courses on literatures from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean for seven years. Currently, she is executive editor-at-large at Harvard University Press. Sharmila has lived and worked in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Sharmila resides in Cambridge, Mass., with her architect husband and their three children. Her memoir Not Quite Not White is out now from Penguin Books.