Network Members

Learn more about members of the interdisciplinary network on Slavery, Bondage, and the Environment in the Indian Ocean World Network.

Gwyn Campbell

Professor and Director of the Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University


  • Regions: Indian Ocean World; Madagascar
  • Time Periods: 0-2000 CE
  • Themes: Histories of the Indian Ocean World; Africa; Madagascar; Economic History; Environmental History; Slavery
Philip Gooding

Postdoctoral Researcher, Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University


  • Regions: East Africa
  • Time Periods: 1700-1900 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Bondage; the Environment; Climate History
Hideaki Suzuki

Associate Professor, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan


  • Regions: East Africa; the Indian Ocean, Arabia; the Persian Gulf
  • Time Periods: 1000-2000 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Slave Trade; Environment

Daren Ray

Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University


  • Regions: East Africa; Oman; Indian Ocean
  • Time Periods: 0-1900 CE
  • Themes: Kinship; Law; Islam; Slavery
Joan Razafimaharo

Architect, Trano Architecture


  • Regions: Madagascar; Comoros, Les Mascareignes; Mozambique
  • Time Periods: 1800 CE-Present
  • Themes: Architecture; Urban Planning; Sustainability; Women’s Empowerment; Environment
Anna Arabindan Kesson

Associate Professor, Princeton University


  • Regions: South Asia; Caribbean, South and East Africa; Atlantic/Indian/Pacific Ocean interactions
  • Time Periods: 1700-2000 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Indentured Labour; Visual Culture; Medicine; Trade Networks

Jakob Burnham

PhD Candidate, Georgetown University


  • Regions: South Asia; French Indian Ocean
  • Time Periods: 1600-1800 CE
  • Themes: Urban History; Gender and Sexuality; Slavery and Labour
Anas S.

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kerala , India

  • Regions: South Asia; Malabar
  • Time Periods: Medieval
  • Themes: Environment
Saada Wahab

Lecturer, The State University of Zanzibar

  • Regions: East Africa
  • Time Periods: 1800-2000 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Slave Trade

Akshay Sarathi

Lecturer, Texas A&M University


  • Regions: Swahili Coast; Western Indian Ocean
  • Time Periods: Pre-modern; Ancient; Medieval
  • Themes: Subsistence; Trade and Exchange; Globalization
James C. Armstrong

Independent Scholar

  • Regions: Southwestern Indian Ocean; Madagascar; Cape of Good Hope
  • Time Periods: 1600-1800 CE
  • Themes: Slave Trade; Cape Exiles
Kelsey McFaul

Graduate Student, UC Santa Cruz

  • Regions: Western Indian Ocean; East Africa; Horn of Africa
  • Time Periods: 1900 CE-Present
  • Themes: Literature; the Novel; Histories of Enslavement and Migration; Environment and Climate; Archipelagic Thinking; Memory; Comparative Oceanic Thinking

Yadhav Deerpaul

PhD Student, Iowa State University

  • Regions: Islands of Indian Ocean World
  • Time Periods: 1800 CE-Present
  • Themes: Environmental and Technological History
Christine Whyte

Lecturer, University of Glasgow

  • Regions: Seychelles; Kenya; South Africa; Mauritius
  • Time Periods: 1800-1900 CE
  • Themes: Children and Childhood; Abolition of Slavery
Beatrice Nicolini

Full Professor, Catholic University, Milan, Italy


  • Regions: Indian Ocean; East Africa; Arabian Peninsula
  • Time Periods: 1800-2000 CE
  • Themes: History; Slave Trade; Islam; British Colonial History

Junaid ur Rehman

PhD Student, Columbia University

  • Regions: Indian Ocean; Western Ghats; Deccan; South Asia
  • Time Periods: Pre-modern; Modern; Colonial
  • Themes: Islam; Slavery; Coffee Plantations; Environmental History; History of Science
Guangtian Ha

Assistant Professor of Religion, Haverford College

  • Regions: China; Southeast Asia; South Asia; Middle East; Africa
  • Time Periods: Medieval to Early Modern
  • Themes: Slavery and Seafaring across the Indian Ocean
Neil van der Linden

Independent Researcher and Musicologist


  • Regions: Indian Ocean Coasts
  • Time Periods: 0-2000 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Music Rituals

Pedro Machado

Associate Professor of History, Indiana University, Bloomington


  • Regions: East and Southeast Africa; Island Africa; South Asia; Southeast Asia; Australia
  • Time Periods: 1700-2000 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Forms of Unfreedom; Object Histories; Commodities; Commercial Networks; Economic Life; Marine Environmental Histories
James Francis Warren

Emeritus Professor, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University

  • Regions: Southeast Asia; Africa
  • Time Periods: 1600-2000 CE
  • Themes: Forms of Slavery; Slave Raiding; the Lives of Slaves; Historiography of Slavery in Comparative Global Context; Cultural Ecology of Slavery; Slavery and Natural Disasters
Jessica Hanser

Associate Professor, University of British Columbia


  • Regions: Indian Ocean; China; Britain; India; Africa; Caribbean
  • Time Periods: Medieval; Early Modern; Eighteenth Century
  • Themes: British Empire; Imperialism; Slavery; Capitalism

Jacky Kosgei

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand


  • Regions: East African Coast; Kenyan Coast
  • Time Periods: 16th Century; 1700-1800 CE; Present
  • Themes: Oral History; Swahili Oral Poetry; Indigenous Knowledge; Oral Testimonies of Seafarers; Marine Conservation
Fazal Muhammed

MPhil Student, SSUS Kalady

  • Regions: Indian Ocean and the Periphery
  • Time Periods: 1250-1750 CE
  • Themes: Trade; Slavery
Anwesha Das

Graduate Student, Emory University

  • Regions: South Asia
  • Time Periods: 1000-1600 CE
  • Themes: Mobility across the Medieval Indian Ocean; Environmental Histories of Port Cities

Deepa Padmanaban

Freelance Journalist


  • Regions: India; Asia; Asia Pacific
  • Time Periods: Contemporary
  • Themes: Oceans; Environment; Slavery; Climate Change
Lindsay Bremner

Director of Research, School of Architecture and Cities, University of Westminster


  • Regions: Bay of Bengal
  • Time Periods: Contemporary
  • Themes: Environment; Urbanism; Monsoons
Dr. Raka Banerjee

Junior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi

  • Regions: Andaman Island; Bay of Bengal
  • Time Periods: 1900 CE-Present
  • Themes: Gender; Island Settlement; Island Studies; Bengal Partition (1947)

Magdalena Moorthy Kloss

Researcher, Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences


  • Regions: Yemen; Arabian Peninsula; Indian Ocean
  • Time Periods: Medieval; 1800 CE-Present
  • Themes: Slavery; Post-slavery; Marginalization and Social Hierarchies; Gender; Race
Janie Cole

Adjunct Lecturer in Musicology, University of Cape Town


  • Regions: Ethiopia; East Africa; West India; Indian Ocean World
  • Time Periods: 1400-1800 CE
  • Themes: Music and Slavery in the Early Modern Indian Ocean World
Viacheslav Usov

Research Fellow, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

  • Regions: South Asia; East Africa; Western Indian Ocean
  • Themes: Indian Diaspora in Africa; Africans in India; India’s Policy in Africa

Ahmed Y. AlMaazmi

PhD Candidate, Princeton University


  • Regions: Oman; Balochistan; East Africa
  • Time Periods: 1600-2000 CE
  • Themes: Slavery Studies; Environmental History; Law and Society; Science History; Indian Ocean World
Anders Norge Lauridsen

PhD Student, University of Gothenburg


  • Regions: Madagascar
  • Time Periods: 0 CE-Present (emphasis on 1600-1800 CE and Present)
  • Themes: Tradition; Religion; Ritual; Slavery; Trade
Shaheera Pesnani

Art History Research Fellow, Indian Ocean Exchanges, and PA to the Director for the North, Historic England

  • Regions: The Western Indian Ocean region (particularly the Makran Coastal Belt)
  • Time Periods: 1500 CE-Present
  • Themes: Slave Trading (particularly in relation to Baloch people); Built Environment; Climate Change

Kelly Brignac

Assistant Professor of History, Colby College


  • Regions: French Empire; Réunion; Mauritius; Madagascar; Mozambique; East Africa; Connections to French Atlantic
  • Time Periods: 1800-1861 CE
  • Themes: Forced Indenture of Africans; Labour; Slavery; Abolition; Bondage; Captivity; Empire
Naina Manjrekar

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Regions: Coromandel; Gujarat and Konkan Coasts; Bay of Bengal; Southeast Asia; East African Littoral
  • Time Periods: 1600-2000 CE
  • Themes: Seafaring Labour; Slavery; Culture; Connected Histories; Transnational Archives
Gerald Daniel Louis

Independent Scholar


  • Regions: Indian Ocean World
  • Time Periods: 1700-1900 CE
  • Themes: Indian Ocean World; Southeast Asia

Archisman Chaudhuri

Assistant Professor (Temporary), Rutgers University

  • Regions: Indian Ocean; South Asia; South East Asia; Southern Africa; West Asia
  • Time Periods: 1000 CE-Present
  • Themes: Indian Ocean; Environmental History; History of Slavery; Droughts; Floods; Diseases; Trade; Empires; Little Ice Age; VOC; Mughal Empire
Smarika Nawani

Assistant Professor, Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi, Delhi (India)

  • Regions: Kathiawar and Makran Coast; Bay of Bengal; Archipelago Southeast Asia; Mozambique and Somali Coast; the Islands in the Indian Ocean
  • Time Periods: 800-1700 CE
  • Themes: Geography; Ecology; Material Culture and Society; Religion; Diaspora and Migrations; Cartography; Institutions
Gabrielle Robbins

PhD Candidate, MIT Anthropology


  • Regions: Madagascar
  • Time Periods: Contemporary
  • Themes: Slavery; Social Hierarchy; Agribusiness; Industrial Change

Abdelhakim Belhacel

PhD Candidate, Université Paris Nanterre, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne


  • Regions: Oman; Madagascar; Tanzania; Kenya; Somalia; Mozambique; Comoros; Réunion; Seychelles; Maurice; Iran; India
  • Time Periods: 1770-1884 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Engagisme; Colonisation; Empires; Trade Networks; Diseases; Vaccination; Explorers; Connected History; Trans-imperial History; Diplomacy
Stefania Manfio

PhD Candidate, Stanford University

  • Regions: Mascarene Islands; Madagascar; East Africa; South Africa
  • Time Periods: 1700-1900 CE
  • Themes: Shipwrecks; Slave Trade; Indenture; Archaeology; Trade Networks; Environment
Vololoniaina Bakoliarisoa Ratsimbazafy

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Antananarivo

  • Regions: Madagascar
  • Time Periods: 1960 CE-Present
  • Themes: Environment

Malarvizhi Jayanth

Research Fellow in Slavery and its Impacts, King’s College, University of Cambridge


  • Regions: Southern India
  • Time Periods: 1700-1900 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Caste; Emancipation
Charuta Ghadyalpatil

Research Associate, Art Deco Mumbai Trust

  • Regions: South Asia; Indian Peninsula; Arabian Sea; Bay of Bengal
  • Time Periods: 1800 CE- Present
  • Themes: History of Science; Migration; Environment; Constructions of Nature and Tropicality; Spatial Histories; Area Studies; Urban Growth
Malala Onisoa Rakotojaofeno

Postdoctoral Researcher/ Assistant Professor (Temporary), University of Antananarivo, Madagascar


  • Regions: Indian Ocean; Madagascar; Eastern Africa
  • Time Periods: 1900 CE- Present
  • Themes: Economics; Environment; Agriculture; Sustainable Development

Maho Sebiane

Research Associate, Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage (UMR 8566 EHESS/CNRS)


  • Regions: Western Indian Ocean; East Africa; Persian Gulf
  • Time Periods: 1600 CE- Present
  • Themes: Anthropology of Music; Music History; Social and Cultural Anthropology; Music, Economy and Law in Islamicate
Chanelle Adams

Doctoral Assistant, University of Lausanne


  • Regions: Madagascar
  • Time Periods: 1890 CE- Present
  • Themes: Health; Botany
Kerry Ward

Associate Professor, Rice University


  • Regions: Indian Ocean
  • Time Periods: Ancient to Present
  • Themes: Forced Labour; Slavery; Slave Trade; Human Trafficking; Anti-Slavery; Anti-Human Trafficking

Steven S George

PhD Scholar, Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia

  • Regions: South Asia; Global South
  • Time Periods: 1900 CE- Present
  • Themes: Global South Literature; Digital Humanities; Oceanic Literature; Marginal Literature; Slave Literature
Ghamal Satya Mohammad

PhD Student, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University


  • Regions: Southeast Asia; Asia-Pacific; Asia; Europe
  • Time Periods: 1700 CE- Present
  • Themes: Natural Hazards; Environmental History; Slavery
Shazia Hafiz Ramji

PhD Student, Department of English, University of Calgary


  • Regions: East Africa; Canada; UK; South Asia; Indian and Atlantic Ocean intersections
  • Time Periods: Long Eighteenth Century; Second World War
  • Themes: Postcolonial East Africa; Post-45 Britain; Canada in the Era of Multicultural Policy; The Commonwealth and the Second World War; Intersection of Islam and Slavery in the Indian Ocean; Creative Writing; Historical Fiction

Ananthan V. Kurup

Post-graduate Student, Pondicherry University

  • Regions:
  • Time Periods: 1500-1900 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Slave Trade; Trade along Atlantic and Indian Oceans; Bondage Labour; Economic History of Slave Trade; Slavery along the Indian Ocean region by imperial powers in the South Asian region.
Dr. Paromita Patranobish

Independent Scholar

  • Regions: South Asia; South-East Asia
  • Time Periods: 1900 CE- Present
  • Themes: Climate Fiction; Blue Humanities; Waste and Toxicity; Nonhuman Embodiment; Spectrality; Speculative Fiction
Akshita Hazarika

Post-graduate Student, University of Delhi

  • Regions: South Asia
  • Time Periods: 1800-2000 CE
  • Themes: Labour; Environment; Ecological-Health Crisis and Motherhood on British Plantation Worlds; Impact of Climate Crisis on Women of these Plantation Worlds Today

Margot Luyckfasseel

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ghent University

  • Regions: DR Congo
  • Time Periods: 1800 CE- Present
  • Themes: Aftermath of Slavery; Unfree Labor; Urban Elites; Gender
Wilson Jacob

Professor, Concordia University


  • Regions: Indian Ocean World; Middle East; South Asia
  • Time Periods: 1750-1945 CE
  • Themes: Islam; Sufism; Imperialism; Sovereignty; Governmentality; Race; Environment
Marian Douglas-Ungaro

U.S. Slavery Descendant, Multilingual Researcher


  • Regions: Americas; Africa, incl. Madagascar; UK/Europe; Middle East, Near East and Asia
  • Time Periods: 1500 CE- Present
  • Themes: UN Afrodecade: The African Slave Trades, and Slavery-Descendant Human Rights (2015-2024)

Valmiki Rama Krishna

Assistant Professor & Coordinator, Department of Studies and Research in Political Science, Tumkur University

  • Regions:
  • Time Periods: 2010 CE- Present
  • Themes: Sustainable Development; Slavery; Bondage; Environment; Social and Inclusive Development
Harriet Zurndorfer

Affiliated Researcher, Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University

  • Regions: China; Japan; Southeast Asia
  • Time Periods: 1350-1800 CE
  • Themes: Human Trafficking; Economic History of China; Gender History
Joseph Christensen

Lecturer in History, The University of Western Australia


  • Regions: Australia; Indian Ocean
  • Time Periods: 1800-1900 CE
  • Themes: Climate and Weather; Pearls and Pearling; Fish and Fisheries

Shawna Herzog

Assistant Professor, Washington State University

  • Regions: Southeast Asia; Pacific
  • Time Periods: 1700-1900 CE
  • Themes: Imperialism; Colonialism; Commodity Networks
Saanika Patnaik

Doctoral Student, Ashoka University

  • Regions: South Asian Port Cities
  • Time Periods: Early Modern
  • Themes: Production of Space and Community
Stephanie Mawson

Researcher, Instituto de Ciencias Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa


  • Regions: Philippines; Indonesia; Southeast Asia; Australia
  • Time Periods: 1500-1700 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Labor; Resistance; Rebellion; Environment and Geography; Limitations of Empire

Jely A. Galang

Associate Professor, Department of History, University of the Philippines-Diliman

  • Regions: Southeast and East Asia
  • Time Periods: Late 18th century- 1900 CE
  • Themes: Chinese contract laborers
Salvatory S. Nyanto

Senior Lecturer, University of Dar es Salaam

  • Regions: East Africa
  • Time Periods: 1878-1978 CE
  • Themes: Slavery and Missionaries in Western Tanzania
Meenu Rabecca

PhD Candidate, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit

  • Regions: Indian Ocean
  • Time Periods: Early Modern
  • Themes: Indian Ocean History

Stephen Rockel

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

  • Regions: East Africa; Africa; Western Indian Ocean
  • Time Periods: 1800 CE- early 20th century
  • Themes: Labour; Slavery; Urbanization; Environment; Conflict
Sukhvinder Multani

Research Officer, Ajeenkya DY Patil University

  • Regions:
  • Time Periods:
  • Themes: Indian Ocean Politics; International Relations
Gautam Joseph

Joint PhD Student at National University of Singapore and King’s College London


  • Regions: South India; Malaya/Singapore; Persian Gulf/Emirates
  • Time Periods: 1850 CE- Present
  • Themes: Indian Ocean Labour Migration; Postcolonial Literature; Climate Displacement

Malini Ranganathan

Associate Professor, American University, School of International Service, Washington, DC


  • Regions: Southern India; Malaya
  • Time Periods: 1890s-1930s CE
  • Themes: Caste; Tamils; Malaya; Migration; Indentured Labor Migration
Alexandra Taylor Sundarsingh

PhD Candidate, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • Regions: South Asia; Southeast Asia; South Asian Diaspora
  • Time Periods: 1750s-1950s CE
  • Themes: Migration; Gender; Food; Indenture
Ruchie Mark Pototanon

PhD Candidate, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University

  • Regions: Southeast Asia
  • Time Periods: 1800 CE- Present
  • Themes: Disasters; Typhoons; Floods

Sithabile Mlotshwa

Artist, Sithabile Art Projects


  • Regions: Indian Ocean and the Pacific
  • Time Periods: 1400-1900 CE
  • Themes: History of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific; Colonisation; Slavery; Maritime Period
Kirti Durelle

PhD Student, UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture

  • Regions: La Réunion
  • Time Periods: 1700-1800 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Marronage; Race and Space; Landscape; Racial Capitalism; Architecture
Dr. Mark Balmforth

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto


  • Regions: Sri Lanka; India; Tamil-speaking Indian Ocean
  • Time Periods: 1600-1900 CE
  • Themes: Caste; Slavery; Education; Religion; Agriculture; Debt; Colonialism; Capitalism

Manorama Akung

Senior Lecturer, University of Mauritius

  • Regions: Indian Ocean World
  • Time Periods: 1700-2000 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Indenture; Politics and Institutional History; Economic History; Culture and Heritage; Environmental History; Children and Childhood; History of Science and Technology
Awet Teklehimanot Araya

Project Curator: Africa, The British Museum / University of Exeter

  • Regions: Horn of Africa; East Africa; Indian Ocean; Persian Gulf
  • Time Periods: 600-1900 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Diaspora; Islam; Maritime Networks; Ceramics; Archaeology
Alice Engelhard

PhD Student, LSE

  • Regions: Indian Ocean; British Empire
  • Time Periods: 1500 CE- Present
  • Themes: Empire; People in Movement; Tourism; Slavery; Mobility; Diaspora; Knowledge

Shinzo Hayase

Professor, Waseda University, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Tokyo


  • Regions: Southeast Asia
  • Time Periods: Modern
  • Themes: Japanese immigrants in Southeast Asia
Dr. Arifah Arum Candra Hayuningsih

Lecturer, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

  • Regions: Pacific; Caribbean
  • Time Periods: 1900 CE- Present
  • Themes: Indentured Labour Diaspora; Slavery; Memories; Literature; Francophone
P. Sanal Mohan

Dr. K. Mathew Kurian Chair Professor, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India

  • Regions: Kerala; Indian Ocean
  • Time Periods: 1600-1930 CE
  • Themes: Caste Slavery; Abolition; Christian Missions and Anti Slavery Mobilisation; State Policy; Modernity and Social Movements; Race and Caste; Political Economy; Global History of Slavery

Mamaye Idriss

Postdoctorat, Ined, Cessma (University of Paris Cité)


  • Regions: Mayotte; Comoros; La Reunion
  • Time Periods: 1800-2000 CE
  • Themes: Social and Political Mobilization; Gender Violence; Gender Issues
Felice Noelle Rodriguez

Visiting Professor, Ateneo de Zamboanga University

  • Regions: Philippines; Malaysia; Indonesia
  • Time Periods: 1500-1900 CE
  • Themes: Slavery; Environment; Raiding; Indigenous Peoples