Decolonial Speaker Bios

Malini Ranganthan is Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University. She is a critical geographer and political ecologist with a broad interest in urban environmental and social justice in both the South and North. Much of her research focuses on water, flooding, and land in the city of Bangalore/Bengaluru, India. Recently, she was awarded a 2017-2019 American Council of Learned Societies-Andrew W. Mellon Foundation humanities grant Corruption Plots, Imagined Publics: The Ethics of Space in the Millennial City. She also investigates urban inequality in America and is researching racism in the built environment and prospects for radical climate justice in Washington, DC. She writes on US urban and environmental justice through a historical, intersectional, feminist, decolonial, and anti-racist lens. Her research is published in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, Capitalism Nature Socialism, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Geography, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, and Water Alternatives among other journals.

Neel Ahuja, is Associate Professor in the Feminist Studies Department and a core faculty member of the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research explores the relationship of the body to the geopolitical and environmental contexts of colonial governance, warfare, and security. Neel is the author of the book Bioinsecurities: Disease Interventions, Empire, and the Government of Species and has written a series of essays on the transnational politics of human-animal relations. He is currently working on two main research areas, one analyzing global relationships between migration, war, and climate change and another exploring the United States counterterrorism incarceration, rendition, and interrogation practices.