Fahmida Zaman is from Bangladesh. She has a BA from the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Bangladesh in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and studied for a year at St. Catherine University in Minnesota as a recipient of the undergraduate fellowship of the US State Department-funded Near East and South Asia Study Exchange program. She has an MA from Illinois State University in Political Science.
She is one of the co-editors of Political Violence in South Asia, where her chapter focuses on representations of political violence in South Asian English fiction.
Her writings on internet freedom, democratization, identity politics, and social movements in Bangladesh have appeared in the Journal of African and Asian Studies, Journal of South Asia as well as in the Daily Star.
In the summer of 2020 she was a researcher at the Wilson Center.