Jessica Bachman is a PhD candidate of South Asian history at the University of Washington. Her dissertation will explore the development of East-South cultural and literary relations between the Soviet Union and India between 1954 and 1991, at the historical conjuncture of the Cold War and decolonization. Other academic interests include critical development studies, the history of migration in the Bengal region, urban history, and public scholarship. She received her M.A. in International Studies with a specialization in South Asia from the University of Washington and her B.A. in Russian Language and Literature at Georgetown University. Prior to her entry into the world of academia, she worked as a journalist in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Bangalore, India, reporting for Thomson Reuters, the Economist, Time, and other publications. She continues to publish in the popular press and conducts research in Russian, Bengali, Hindi, French, and English.