Welcome to Our New Faculty

Assistant Professor Nidhi Mahajan is currently a Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University. She recently received a Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship from the Social Sciences Research Council for her project, Moorings: Indian Ocean Trade and the State in East Africa, and she will be on leave for 2017-18. Dr. Mahajan’s research interests include shadow economies, political economy, seafarers, dhow trade, Indian Ocean, East Africa, South Asia, maritime commerce, insecurity, sovereignty, political anthropology, and historical anthropology.

Assistant Professor Savannah Shange recently completed her Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania. She will be on leave for academic year 2017-18 for a postdoctoral fellowship at Rutgers University. Dr. Shange’s research interests include abolition, blackness and antiblackness, social movements, late liberal statecraft, multiracial coalition, gentrification, anthropology of education, queer theory, femme gender, ethnographic ethics, California and North America.

By Fred Deakin, Department Manager