Anam Zakaria is the author of 1971: A People’s History from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India (Penguin Random House 2019), Between the Great Divide: A Journey into Pakistan-administered Kashmir (HarperCollins Publishers 2018) and The Footprints of Partition: Narratives of Four Generations of Pakistanis and Indians (HarperCollins Publishers 2015) which won the 2017 KLF-German Peace Prize. Anam also writes frequently on issues of conflict and peace. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Hill Times, Scroll.in, TheWire.in and Dawn.
Through her writing, Anam explores state narratives, oral histories, intergenerational memory and the politics of remembering and forgetting. She has documented narratives of genocide, war, sexual violence and displacement. Anam also studies the construction of the ‘other’ and works with young students to challenge stereotypes and prejudices.
She has an academic background in International Development (McGill University) and Anthropology (University of Toronto) and holds a diploma in counselling from the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB), UK.
Apart from her writing, Anam has twelve years of senior leadership experience in the non-profit sector. She has worked in the fields of culture, history, education, civic tech, volunteerism and immigration. She has previously served as Director at The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, connecting thousands of children across India, Pakistan and the U.S. and documenting hundreds of oral histories of the Partition generation. She has also served as Director at the Association for the Development of Pakistan, leading their education sector, and as Head of Fellowships at Code for Pakistan, working in collaboration with the provincial government and the World Bank Group to lead the Government Innovation Fellowship Program. Between 2013-2019, Anam also taught Sociology, Development Studies and Global Perspectives to high school students. She currently works in the settlement sector in Canada, supporting newcomers and refugees.
Anam is an Asia 21 Young Leader and is based in Toronto. She is working on a novel, supported by a writing grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and documenting oral histories of immigrants with her partner, Haroon Khalid, through their artist collective, Qissa. She has also mentored young writers at the Summer Institute, International Writing Program (University of Iowa) and is on the advisory board for Project Dastaan.