Mona Chalabi

Mona Chalabi is a data journalist who lives in New York.

She is a writer. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, New York Magazine, The Guardian and many more. She has written for radio and TV including NPR, Gimlet, Netflix (The Fix), BBC (Is Britain Racist? Radio 4 and The Frankie Boyle show) and National Geographic (Star Talk). 

She is also an illustrator whose work has been commended by the Royal Statistical Society. Her work has been exhibited at several galleries including the Tate, The Design Museum and the House of Illustration.

Lastly, she’s a producer and presenter. She’s one half of the team that created the Emmy-nominated video series Vagina Dispatches. And she presented and produced the audio experiment Strange Bird. 

Before she became a journalist, Mona worked with large data sets in jobs at the Bank of England, Transparency International and the International Organization for Migration. She studied International Relations in Paris and studied Arabic in Jordan. Mona was born and raised in London.

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Mona Chalabi

Writing

THE NEW YORK TIMES
I want my 2.3 bonus years
Spending Less and Doing More
What I Didn’t Learn in Econ 101
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
That time I got stuck in an elevator
Do I cry more than normal people?
I keep having literal nightmares about Trump. Am I normal?
Why are due dates usually so wrong?
Dear Mona: Did I lose my virginity later than everyone else?
Dear Mona: Am I too loud during sex? 
THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
The rising cost of not living
THE GUARDIAN
Money dysmorphia: why I can’t let myself have nice things 
What is white culture, exactly? 
A guided tour of my colon (leaning in to narcissism)
Read this before you have a baby
Female facial hair
We should stop gas lighting ourselves
On dogs and humans
WEB Du Bois: retracing his attempt to challenge racism with data
A chronicle of fear
Statisticians fear Trump White House will manipulate figures to fit narrative
I met Count Von Count
Saying my name the ethnic way (no need)
Laceration to right labia
How many women wear the niqab?
Porn filters: will they work
Recession sex
Meat-eaters, you all secretly hate yourselves – video
FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
Dear Mona, What’s The Most Common Name In America?
The Washington Post Misused The Data On Violence Against Women
Are Moms Less Likely Than Dads To Pay Child Support?
There Are Millions Of Michael Browns in America
What Does It Mean To Die Of Natural Causes?
How Many People Can You Remember?
Very Short Men Have Fewer Sex Partners
What Are The Demographics Of Heaven?
RUE 89
Crise économique : c’est la faute à l’université britannique

Peer-Reviewed articles

Centre for International Studies and Research, Working Paper in series ‘Research Questions’, The Latest Financial Crisis: IR Goes Bankrupt, 2011, co-authored with Dr. Ivan Manokha
Journal of Global Ethics The media’s presentation of human rights during the financial crisis: framing the ‘issues’, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2010, Pages 255 – 272