Neelofer Qadir

Neelofer Qadir

Office: MHRA 3117


Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2019
M.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012
B.A. Pace University (NYC), 2007

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Neelofer Qadir is a scholar and teacher of contemporary literary and cultural studies of the Global South with a focus on the Indian Ocean world. Currently, she’s working on her first book, Afrasian Imaginaries: Global Capitalism and Labor Migration in Indian Ocean Fiction, 1990 – 2015, which moves beyond familiar colonizer-colonized binaries to examine the dynamic multidirectional longue durée exchanges among Indian Ocean communities. A second project on terror/isms investigates the intersections of global capitalism and carceral statecraft through an archive of literature (poetry, memoir, fiction), political speeches and government documents, and digital/social media.

Her teaching interests include 20th and 21st century literary and cultural studies focusing on Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean; colonialism, postcolonialism, and empire studies; histories of global capitalism; race, gender, and sexuality studies.

Selected Publications

Migritude‘s Decolonial Lessons.” Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies in a special issue on Indian Ocean Trajectories. July 2018.

Co-translated into Urdu with Fauzia and Syed Qadir. “The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright” by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. Jalada Translation Issue 01. October 2017.

Contributing writer, GradHacker (2017-2019), on pedagogy, research and writing, and the job market for PhDs.

Awards and Honors

Five College Women’s Studies Research Associateship (2018-19) UMass Amherst English’s Dissertation Writing Fellowship (2017) UMass Amherst Graduate School’s Dissertation Fellowship (2016)

UMass Amherst English Research Grant (2016) for archival research in South Africa


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