Madhusree Mukerjee

writer, editor, researcher


Madhusree writes about science, the environment, climate change, colonialism, development, indigenous rights, animal research–-and pretty much anything else that explores the fraught interaction of humans with our planet. She is a former physicist and serves as a Senior Editor with Scientific American magazine.

Madhusree’s recent book, Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II uses meticulous research and new sources to relate how Winston Churchill and his war cabinet exhaustively used Indian resources to fight the Second World War, provoking famine and insurrection in the eastern province of Bengal. A quick overview can be found in this Harper’s interview: Churchill’s Dark Side.

Madhusree received a Guggenheim fellowship to research her previous book,
The Land of Naked People: Encounters with Stone Age Islanders. It relates the devastating experiences of the hunter-gatherers of the Andaman Islands as they come face to face with civilization.

She has contributed a chapter
to Global Muckraking: 100  Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World. Madhusree is working on a third book, which will profile an indigenous struggle against stone quarries in eastern India.


The American Killed by Asian Islanders Hoped to Save Their Souls

How Fake News Goes Viral–Here’s the Math

Crippled Fukushima Reactors are Still a Danger