Sameera Khan is a Mumbai-based independent journalist, writer, and researcher. A former assistant editor at The Times of India, she is currently a fellow at the TISS, PUKAR & Max Planck Institute Urban Aspirations Project.
She recently co-authored a book (with Shilpa Phadke & Shilpa Ranade) on women and public space titled, Why Loiter? Women & Risk on Mumbai Streets (Penguin Books India, 2011) and has contributed essays to several anthologies including Bombay, meri jaan: Writings on Mumbai (Penguin Books 2003), the UDRI Mumbai Readers, Missing: Half the Story, Journalism as if Gender Matters (Zubaan Books, 2010) and Chawls of Mumbai: Galleries of Life (Imprint One, 2011).
An active founder member of the Network of Women in Media, India, she co-authored the first Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) India Report 2010. A former co-editor of the ‘Bombay Explorer’, the journal of the Bombay Local History Society, her on-going interest is in researching/writing on the old Muslim neighbourhoods of the city.
She has a BA in History and Anthropology from St. Xavier's College (University of Bombay), a Diploma in mass communications from Sophia Polytechnic, and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University, New York.