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 a reparative practice of decolonization for individuals and communities.
In addition to her research and teaching, Neelofer works as a writing consultant for the Amherst College Writing Center and program assistant for the Women of Color Leadership Network at UMass Amherst. She also writes for Gradhacker.