Amitava Kumar is an Indian writer and journalist who is Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair at Vassar College.
Kumar is the author of Husband of a Fanatic (2005), Bombay-London-New York (2002), Passport Photos (2000), the book of poems No Tears for the N.R.I. (1996), the novel Home Products (2007) and Nobody Does the Right Thing (2009).
Kumar's prize-winning book is A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb: A Writer’s Report on the Global War on Terror (2010). The New York Times called it a "perceptive and soulful – if at times academic – meditation on the global war on terror and its cultural and human repercussions." It was also awarded the Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year in the Asian American Literary Awards.