Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and academic. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more a decade of experience in humanitarian aid and development, ranging from field level experience as a Head of Office in Darfur to supporting global programs and agency-wide strategy as a disaster risk reduction technical specialist. In between she has designed and implemented economic development initiatives in post-disaster context; supervised a large and diverse portfolio as Director of Programs in Indonesia, and responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Sri Lanka, Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali, in the last three as Team Leader.

Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d’Études Politques de Paris (Sciences Po) explored the dynamics of multi-level governance and disaster response using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan tsunami of 2011. As part of this work she has been selected as a visiting scholar at Columbia University, on an Alliance Grant, and at the Fletcher School of International Affairs at Tufts University. She has an undergraduate degree in literature from Harvard and a Masters in international relations and economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Johns Hopkins University.

Her research interests include intra-governmental relations in crises; the paradox of well-funded disaster responses; measurement and evaluation of disaster responses; and the effects of competition among actors in humanitarian aid (. She has also conducted research for the French Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) on the human and organizational factors involved in the Fukushima Dai-Ichi crisis.

Malka Older’s  science-fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of the sequels, Null States (2017) and State Tectonics (2018), and the full trilogy was nominated for a Hugo Award. She is also the creator of the serial Ninth Step Station, currently running on Serial Box. Her short story collection And Other Disasters will come out in late 2019. Her short fiction and poetry can be found at WIRED, Leveler, Sundog Lit, Reservoir Lit, Inkscrawl, Rogue Agent,, Fireside Fiction, and others.


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  1. Would you be willing to do an interview? I’m an MFA student and published writer, and I loved your book and would like to talk to you about it and how it relates to politics in our time. (Couldn’t find your contact elsewhere, so I contacted you here.) Let me know, and I’ll reach out to publications!


  2. Hi, Malka,

    I too couldn’t find your email address anywhere so I’m posting here. Please write back so I can send you an invitation to EATING AUTHORS.




  3. Hi! Would you be up for an e-mail interview on Infomocracy and imagining alternatives to the nation state? I’m a Finnish freelance journalist, and as Finland is celebrating 100 years as an independent I figured we could use your insights on how to move forward. You can reach me at the email address provided if you’re interested or have any questions.

    Best regards,



  4. Hi Malka, we are looking for good / new science fiction. If you have not given away the rights for publication in Germany, German translation, maybe you could contact us. If that’s already done, sorry to bother you


  5. I’d love to hear your thoughts on how Information was formed. Was it the dissolution of the UN or the ICJ? If you’ve published anything on Information-like institutions outside the books, please share!


  6. Having dismissed your site’s “newsletter” pop-up I can’t seem to find it again. I could probably just quit and reload the browser but I’m thinking it should be on this page.


    1. Sorry about that! I am still figuring it out myself (I tried to add a popup to my facebook author page as well, but I haven’t had confirmation that works). I will try to build something more robust in, but in the meantime I’ve added you manually to the list. Let me know if you don’t get a welcome email in a day or so!


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