Beenish Ahmed


Name: Beenish Ahmed
Exchange Destination: UK - England
Award Name: Fulbright- All Disciplines Postgraduate Award
Host Institution: University of Cambridge
Home Institution: University of Michigan
Level Of Study: Postgraduate
Discipline: Area Studies
Award Year: 2009-10

Beenish served as a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom, through which she completed an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation charted political and national identity formation among South Asian students who went to England in the early 1900s to serve the British Raj, but more often returned home to became torchbearers of the Independence movement. While at Cambridge, Beenish co-chaired the conference “Enmity and Amity: Exploring the Practices and Politics of Relational Life in South Asia.”

After returning to the United States, Beenish turned her attention to journalism. She is currently serving as a Kroc Fellow at NPR. Her stories have aired on the daily newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as online at

An Ohio-native, Beenish graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Michigan with degrees in Political Science as well as Creative Writing and Literature. As an undergraduate, she spent many hours facilitating writing workshops with incarcerated women and at-risk youth. She also served for three years as the editor-in-chief of Xylem, the University’s premier literary journal.

Beenish is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants to the United States. She is fluent in Urdu and French.

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