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 of peasant 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. He is a former IOWC PhD student. (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)

Zozan Pehlivan

Zozan Pehlivan is a research affiliate at the Indian Ocean World Centre and a former IOWC postdoctoral fellow. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. (Read more)

Veysel Şimşek

Veysel Şimşek served as a postdoctoral research fellow and interim co-director of the IOWC in 2015–16, and subsequently held a Chauncey Postdoctoral Fellowship in Grand Strategy with Yale’s International Security Studies in 2016–18. He is currently a course lecturer in Turkish at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. (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. Anna was a postdoctoral fellow at the IOWC from 2012-2014. (Read more)

Alastair McClure

Alastair McClure is a former IOWC postdoctoral fellow and a research affiliate at the Indian Ocean World Centre. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong. (Read More)

Yoshina Hurgobin

Yoshina Hurgobin was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Indian Ocean World Centre from 2016-2017. She is now an Assistant Professor of South Asian History at Kennesaw State University (KSU). (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)

Grace Ngugi

Grace N. Ngugi is a doctoral candidate at Harvard university’s Departments of History & of African and African American Studies. (Read More)