Nalini Krishnankutty is a writer, researcher and speaker. In her writings and workshops about the history, experiences and contributions of immigrants, she explores the common threads that link our multiple identities across real, abstract and imagined boundaries.
Nalini is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a 2015 VONA/Voices alumnus.
Nalini is a first-generation immigrant American. She came to the United States as a graduate student, and received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, while also taking several courses in Women's Studies. She is an alumnus of the University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT, now called ICT), Mumbai, India.
RECENT NEWS: In early 2017, Nalini started a A-Z blog series focusing on children's books that highlight the contribution of immigrants. Starting with A is for Albert,B is for Blackwell, and C is for Clive, her series highlights the contributions made by immigrants to science, art, medicine, and more - to the founding of our nation, our institutions and our ways of living. This series will provide a starting point for parents, educators and librarians to shape personal perspectives, create common narratives, and increase awareness of the tremendous impact that immigrants have had on our common history.
In April 2017, Nalini presented a workshop: Voyages of Discovery: How Immigrants Shape/d America, at the 33rd Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth. Her workshop focused on the history of immigration, and the contributions of first generation immigrants to the United States, from both a historical and current perspective. She used children's books and online resources to showcase the deep and lasting impact made by immigrants to our everyday lives.
In Fall 2017, Nalini expanded her workshop to teach a class through PSU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Her class on How Immigrants Shape/d America was well attended, and she received great, positive feedback from her students - "You completely changed my view on immigration and immigrants," "It really informed how I'm processing the news and current issues," etc. Nalini believes that the history, data and examples she presents helps students understand the role of immigrants in our society, helping them to base their opinions on real facts, rather than stereotypes.