Shobana Shankar

 is an historian of West Africa and the Global South. Her forthcoming book, Race between the Indian Ocean and Black Atlantic: Africa-India Entanglements (Hurst, 2021) examines how Africans and Indians have negotiated their complicated relations in spheres like religion, science, and education where postcolonial peoples have sought autonomy from Euro-American power. In addition to her other books and articles, she has published articles for wider audiences including one at The Conversation about what the U.S. can learn about confronting anti-vaccination politics from Nigeria and another in The Washington Post on eugenicist racial practices at the Mississippi State Penitentiary. She holds a PhD in History from UCLA.