Masha Hamilton is a United States journalist and the author of several novels.
Hamilton worked as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press for five years in the Middle East, where she covered the First Intifada, the peace process, and the partial Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. She spent five years in Moscow, where she was a Los Angeles Times correspondent and reported for NBC/Mutual Radio. She wrote about politics as well as average Russian's life during the collapse of the Soviet Union. She reported from Afghanistan in both 2004 and 2008.
In 2006, she traveled in Kenya to research the novel The Camel Bookmobile. She also wrote Staircase of a Thousand Steps (2001), The Distance Between Us (2004), and 31 Hours (2009).
She started two world literacy projects: the Camel Book Drive to help the camel-powered library in Northeast Kenya, begun in 2007, and the Afghan Women's Writing Project, to foster the voices of Afghan women, begun in 2009.
- Postcard from Moscow, (newspaper column)
- Staircase of a Thousand Steps, (2001), Penguin Putnam/BlueHen Books
- The Distance Between Us, (2004) Unbridled Books
- The Camel Bookmobile, (2007) HarperCollins
- 31 Hours, (2009) Unbridled Books
- Masha Hamilton's home page
- The Afghan Women's Writing Project
- Afghan women in prison, by Hamilton
- Counterpunch article
- Mother's Movement essay on Afghanistan
- Street kids in Nairobi, Kenya
- In Kenya, nomadic women hurt by drought and famine
- Works by or about Masha Hamilton in libraries (WorldCat catalog)