Neelima Jeychandran is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the African Studies Program and in the Department of Asian Studies. From 2015-17, she worked as a Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor for the Indian Ocean Worlds Research Initiative at the University of California, Davis. In fall 2015, she was a Humanities Research Fellow at the NYUAD Institute at New York University Abu Dhabi. She is a scholar of the Indian Ocean World who examines alternative narratives, memoryscapes, repressed histories, material cultures, and place-making practices so as to understand historical and contemporary transcultural exchanges between Africa and Asia. She received a PhD from the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).