|Born||1972 (age 45–46)
|Education||University of Washington, Tufts University, Harvard|
|Subject||Travel, Islamic studies, Women's studies|
|Notable awards||Jack Straw writers forum, 2005|
Maliha Masood was born 1972 in Karachi, Pakistan. She moved to the United States in 1982 and grew up in Seattle, WA. Maliha is an award-winning writer in creative nonfiction and the author of two travel memoirs, Zaatar Days, Henna Nights (Seal Press/2007). and Dizzy In Karachi (Booktrope Editions/2013).
Selected for the Jack Straw Foundation writers forum in 2005, Masood's writings on women, culture and Islam have been featured in Al-Ahram Weekly, Asia Times and the anthologies Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality, Waking up American and Bare your Soul: A Thinking Girl's Guide to Spirituality.
In addition to writing, Maliha is a passionate and engaging teacher. She was a resident artist with Seattle Arts and Lectures Writers in the Schools Program  during 2007 and a guest instructor in the Political Science Department at Edmonds Community College in the spring of 2009. Maliha also provides workshops and seminars through her nonprofit collective, The Diwaan Project, a grassroots initiative on global affairs. She did her graduate studies at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and Harvard, earning a master's degree in Law and Diplomacy in May 2004.