Hina Tai is a journalist and social scientist based in New York. She has had work featured in numerous publications including The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and NPR, among others. She has written on a variety of topics for global audiences including the Boston Marathon bombing, the 2013 elections in Pakistan, rise of progressive mosques, and the Orlando nightclub shooting. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Research at The Islamic Monthly, a non-religious independent media outlet centered on sociopolitical issues impacting Muslims.
In the last years, Hina has been working as a researcher, combining her interdisciplinary background in anthropology, human rights and global health. Previously, she has assisted on qualitative research covering a range of issues and populations including assessing barriers to healthcare for people living with HIV/AIDS; examining the impact of China's wildlife trade on zoonotic disease transmission; and analyzing the relationship between early menarche as a determinant for sexual and reproductive health outcomes in low/middle-income countries.
Hina received her masters degree from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health with a specialty in sociomedical sciences and a certificate in social determinants of health. Her masters thesis was a proposal that called for further ethnographic research uncovering the forms of discrimination faced by lesbian, gay and bisexual Muslim Americans as well as the range of coping mechanisms they utilize in response. Hina holds two bachelor degrees in anthropology and journalism from Boston University. She will be attending St. George's University School of Medicine in Fall of 2018.