Neel Ahuja is Associate Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Geography at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research focuses on the intersection of science, culture, and politics, with special emphases on transnational issues of security, migration, health, environment, and human-animal relations. Drawing on interdisciplinary training in postcolonial literary and cultural studies, critical geography, biopolitical theory, and feminist science studies, Neel’s research and teaching explore historical and contemporary connections between South Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and the United States. He is affiliated with the Program in Sexuality Studies, the South Asia Faculty Working Group, and the Initiative in Literature, Medicine, and Culture at UNC.
Neel’s essays appear in the journals Social Text, American Quarterly, PMLA, GLQ, and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, among others. He is the author of the forthcoming book Bioinsecurities: Disease Interventions, Empire, and the Government of Species, which will be published in early 2016.
Neel grew up in Topeka, Kansas. He studied transnational cultural studies at the University of California, San Diego and gender studies at Northwestern University, where he was a student organizer and labor solidarity activist. Neel volunteers at the Animal Protection Society of Durham.