Mukherjee's other honors and grants include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Canada Council Senior Arts Fellowship.
Born in Calcutta, Mukherjee attended the University of Baroda in India where she studied English and ancient Indian culture. She earned a master of fine arts and a doctorate in English and comparative literature from the University of Iowa. She has taught creative writing at Columbia, New York University, and Queens College. She now holds a distinguished professorship at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mukherjee is the first of three authors in the Athenaeum series on the American Epic, featuring works of large historical scope that attempt to discover who we are and where we are going.