Research Affiliates

Abdul Sheriff

Abdul Sheriff is the former Director of the Zanzibar Indian Ocean Research Institute (ZIORI) and an adjunct professor at McGill University. (Read more)

Martha Chaiklin

Martha Chaiklin is an independent curator and historian. She was the Curator of Asian History at the Milwaukee Public Museum from 2001-2005. (Read more)

Jacques Pollini

With a background in biology and agronomy, Jacques Pollini is an interdisciplinary Researcher studying the resilience ofpeasant and pastoral societies. (Read more)

Karine Aasgaard Jansen

Karine Aasgaard Jansen is a senior researcher and a lecturer in ethnology at the Department of Culture and Media Studies at Umeå University in Sweden. (Read more)

Margaret Kalacska

Margaret Kalacska is an Associate Professor in Geography at McGill University with a specialization in remote sensing from the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Alberta in 2006. (Read more)

Steven Serels

Steven Serels holds a joint appointment as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a Research Officer at the the Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Regionalstudien at Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg. (Read more)

Jennifer Craig

Jennifer Craig is a PhD candidate affiliate (Anthropology). (Read More)

Caroline Seagle

Caroline Seagle is a PhD candidate affiliate (Anthropology). (Read More)

Jon Unruh

Jon Unruh is an Associate Professor of Geography at McGill University. His research, applied, and policy work over the past 20 years has dealt with post-conflict land and property rights in the developing world, and the intersection of land tenure and environmental change. (Read more)

Nicolas Parent

Nicolas Parent is a PhD Candidate in Geography and IOWC affiliate under the supervision of Professor Jon Unruh. (Read More)

Zozan Pehlivan

Zozan Pehlivan is a research affiliate at the Indian Ocean World Centre. (Read more).

Veysel Şimşek

Veysel served as a postdoctoral research fellow and interim co-director of IOWC in 2015–16, and subsequently held a Chauncey Postdoctoral Fellowship in Grand Strategy with Yale’s International Security Studies in 2016–18. (Read more).

Anna Winterbottom

Anna Winterbottom works on the early modern Indian Ocean region and the European colonial presence there. She is particular interested in the history of medicine, science, and environment. (Read more).

Jorge Mortean

Jorge Mortean is a PhD student at University of São Paulo on the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean. His PhD dissertation (currently in progress) aims to prove that Brazil can be a catalytic actor for the formulation of a Southern policy across the Indian Ocean, and its implementation, from the strengthening of its relations with the Republic of Mauritius. (Read More)