Welcome to WGSS, Aanchal Saraf!

Aanchal Saraf researches and teaches about entangled geographies and cultures of war, empire, and knowledge. Aanchal holds a PhD in American Studies from Yale University and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dartmouth Society of Fellows. Her project, Atomic Afterlives, Pacific Archives: Unsettling the Geographies and Science of Nuclear Colonialism in the Marshall Islands and Hawaiʻi, demonstrates how US Cold War nuclear colonialism continues to shape our cartographic and archival imaginaries of the Pacific, as well as structures academic knowledge production. Their interdisciplinary project engages official archives, Asian American and Pacific Islander cultural production and performance, and ethnography. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W.  Mellon Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.Their creative and scholarly works have appeared in Literary Hub, Fruit MagazineThe Journal of Transnational American Studies, and Women & Performance, among other publications.