Dipika Mukherjee's fictional and academic work has focused on Southeast Asia, and especially Malaysia. Her debut novel Thunder Demons (Gyaana, 2011) is based on the current socio-political situation in Malaysia and was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She has edited two anthologies of Southeast Asian short stories: Silverfish New Writing 6 (Silverfish, 2006) and The Merlion and Hibiscus (Penguin, 2002). Her recent academic work in Malaysia examined the effect of the national language policy on different migrant groups in Malaysia in her co-edited book, Language Shifts Among Malaysian Minorities as Effects Of National Language Planning: Speaking in Many Tongues (Amsterdam University Press, 2011).
Rubicon Press published her first poetry collection, The Palimpsest of Exile, in 2009. Her short stories and poems have appeared in publications around the world, including the World Literature Today, Asia Literary Review, The South Asia Review, Del Sol Review, Out Of Print, Asiatic, QLRS and Postcolonial Text and have been widely anthologized.
She is Contributing Editor of Jaggery (A Desilit Arts and Literature Journal) as well as a founding member at Asia Pacific Writers & Translators. She curates an Asian/American Reading Series for the Guild Literary Complex, Chicago. She is a member of the Chicago Writer's Association, is listed at Poetry Foundation, the Poets and Writers Directory and has been a member of writing groups in Chicago, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Amsterdam and Shanghai.
Her academic research focuses on the language patterns of diasporic communities and she holds a doctorate in English (Sociolinguistics) from Texas A&M University. She has taught language and linguistic courses in China, India, the Netherlands, United States, Malaysia, and Singapore for the past eighteen years. She now teaches Sociolinguistics at Northwestern University.
She lives in Chicago with her husband and they have two sons.