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Neelima Jeychandran, Ph.D.

Culture & Performance

University of California, Los Angeles, 2014

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Neelima Jeychandran holds a Ph.D. in Culture and Performance (2014) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her dissertation research was primarily funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, Mellon Fellowship and further supported by fellowships from the UCLA International Institute, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the Graduate Division at UCLA, and the Smithsonian Institution. From 2015-17, she worked as a Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor in the Indian Ocean Worlds Research Initiative with a joint appointment in the Departments of Anthropology and African American and African Studies at the University of California, Davis. She was a resident fellow at the Humanities Institute at New York University, Abu Dhabi, in the fall of 2015. Currently, she is working on her book African Memoryscapes in India: Memorial Shrines, Guardian Spirits, and Sacred Groves and is curating a digital spatial history archive to map the sacred topographies and memorial sites of the African descent communities in India.   Dr. Jeychandran is now a Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow in the African Studies program and the Department of Asian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University.