Dr. Nadia Hashimi
BornDecember 12, 1977
EducationBrandeis University[1]
SUNY Downstate College of Medicine[2]
Known forThree-time Bestselling Novelist & first Afghan-American woman to run for Congress.
Medical career
InstitutionsWashington's Children's National Medical Center[2]
Sub-specialtiesEmergency Room Pediatrics[2]
Writing career
GenreHistorical Fiction
Notable worksThe Pearl that Broke Its Shell
When the Moon Is Low
A House Without Windows
Years active2010–present
SpouseAmin Amini (2008–present)[2]
Democratic candidate for
U.S. Representative from Maryland's 6th congressional district
Election date
November 6, 2018
IncumbentJohn Delaney

Nadia Hashimi is a pediatrician, novelist, and a former Democratic congressional candidate for the United States House of Representatives for Maryland's 6th congressional district.[3] Hashimi is the author of three international bestselling novels, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, When the Moon Is Low, and A House Without Windows.[4]

Early life

Hashimi was born on December 12, 1977, in Queens, New York, to Afghan parents. Her parents immigrated to the United States in the early 70's. Her mother obtained a master's degree in civil engineering in Holland.[citation needed][4]

Her parents intended to return to Afghanistan after a few years, but the country became unsafe as a result of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.[5] They remained in New York and became entrepreneurs.

Nadia Hashimi and her brother were raised in both New Jersey and upstate New York.[2]

Education and medical career

Hashimi attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she obtained degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Biology.[6] She went on to obtain her medical degree from SUNY Downstate. She completed her pediatric training at NYU/Bellevue hospitals in New York City.

In 2008, Hashimi began her medical career working in the emergency department at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

In 2011, she began managing her husband's neurosurgery practice in Maryland.

Literary accomplishments

In 2014, Hashimi released her debut novel, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell. It is the story of two women in Afghanistan, living a century apart but tied by legacy. In the contemporary storyline, Rahima is made to dress as a bacha posh, a girl dressed as a boy in order to help provide for her family and escort her sisters to school. Shekiba's story lends a historical fiction bend to the novel, as she dresses as a man to guard King Habibullah's harem.

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell is an international bestseller[7] and was a 2014 Goodreads finalist in the categories of Debut Author and Fiction. It has been translated into multiple languages, including: French, Italian, Norwegian, German, Turkish and Hungarian.

Hashimi's second novel, When the Moon Is Low was released in 2015 and is her second international bestseller. It was hailed by O, the Oprah Magazine as "A must-read saga about borders, barriers, and the resolve of one courageous mother fighting to cross over."

Hashimi's third novel, A House Without Windows was released in 2016 and is Hashimi's third international bestseller.

Hashimi has also published two children's books.[4]

Political career

On October 4, 2017, Maryland political reporter Ryan Miner of A Miner Detail blog had an off-the-record conversation with Hashimi and said that soon she may officially declare her candidacy for Maryland's 6th congressional district.[8] During the evening of October 8, Hashimi posted her first campaign advertisement on Facebook, officially declaring her candidacy. She then hosted a Facebook Live forum to explain her policies in detail and take questions from viewers.[9]

Hashimi has received the official endorsement of the Feminist Majority.[10] The endorsement was announced at the 2018 Women's March in DC by Eleanor Smeal, president and co-founder of Feminist Majority Foundation. Smeal introduced Hashimi as the first Afghan-American woman and pediatrician to run for Congress. Addressing the crowd, Hashimi stated, "I attended this march last year. I was outraged. I stood with fellow physicians, ready to demand change, and this year I stand in front of this crowd as a candidate because I decided, like so many of you, that enough is enough, and if we are the majority then we should look like it." She then noted that she was the daughter of Afghan decedents, who are from a place that "could be classified as one of those 'bleep hole countries,'" a reference to Trump's "s—hole countries" comment, reportedly made to a group of senators discussing immigration legislation.[11]

Hashimi's campaign has focused on bringing her medical expertise into Congress. If elected, she would be the first female Democratic physician to serve as a voting member of Congress.[12] She was soundly defeated by David Trone (40%-10%)

Personal life

In 2008, Hashimi and her husband moved to Potomac, Maryland. Her husband, a Maryland-based neurosurgeon, arrived in the United States as a refugee, a fact she shared when speaking against the Travel Ban 3.0 at a protest in front of the Supreme Court. The protest was also attended by Congresswoman Judy Chu and Congressman Dan Kildee.[13]

Hashimi has stated that "The Afghan culture has always been part of my daily life".[14] She has repeatedly joked about her traditional Afghan wedding, with the Washington Post reporting, "'It was a medium-size wedding by Afghan standards,' Hashimi said, recalling the reception with a mere 200 guests."[2] She has described it as "the Afghan equivalent of My Big Fat Greek Wedding."[14]

Hashimi and her husband have four children and a parrot named Niles.


  1. ^ a b "Nadia Hashimi | Bookreporter.com". www.bookreporter.com. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Leiby, Michele Langevine (November 5, 2015). "How an emergency room pediatrician became a global best-selling author". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  3. ^ "Dr. Nadia for Congress". www.nadiahashimi.com. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  4. ^ a b c "Nadia Hashimi". HarperCollins Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  5. ^ Epstein, Elizabeth (2015-02-11). "An Interview with Nadia Hashimi, Author and Girl Advocate". Girls' Globe. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  6. ^ "Nadia Hashimi | National Book Festival". www.loc.gov. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  7. ^ "The Pearl that Broke Its Shell". USA Today. July 17, 2014. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  8. ^ Miner, Ryan (2017-10-04). "Some very brief thoughts on Dr. Nadia Hashimi". A Miner Detail. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  9. ^ Miner, Ryan (2017-10-09). "Nadia Hashimi releases video announcing run for CD-6". A Miner Detail. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  10. ^ "Dr. Nadia Hashimi – Feminist Majority PAC". feministmajoritypac.org. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  11. ^ Johnson, Ted (2018-01-20). "Women's March DC: Trump Calls It a 'Perfect Day,' Protesters Say He's 'Got to Go'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  12. ^ "POLITICS: Is there a (female) doctor in the House? Soon, Dems hope". www.eenews.net. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  13. ^ "Dr. Nadia for Congress 2018". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  14. ^ a b Martin, Kimmery (August 19, 2016). "An Interview with Nadia Hashimi, author of A House Without Windows". Kimmery Martin | Writer, Book Reviewer, Professional Literary Nerd. Retrieved 2017-10-28.