PhD candidate, English
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Neelofer Qadir is completing her dissertation Afrasian Imaginaries: Global Capitalism and Labor Migration in Indian Ocean Fictions, 1990 - 2015, which argues that cultural production from writers and artists working in an Indian Ocean context disrupts the familiar colonizer/colonized binaries; rather, drawing on the plural histories of the ocean, it not only critiques the postcolonial state, but enacts reparative practices of decolonization.
During AY 2018-19, Neelofer is a research associate in residence at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center. At UMass Amherst, she is a Writing Fellow for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program through which she supports undergraduate science writers in their major writing requirement courses. She also works as a Writing Associate at Amherst College, where in addition to 1:1 consultations, she facilitates an online support group for thesis writers. Beyond Western Massachusetts, you can find her online at GradHacker, where she is a contributing author.