Neelima Jeychandran is a PhD Candidate in the Department of World Arts and Cultures. She is currently engaged in the critical analysis of museums and heritage sites as "loci of memory," specifically studying how these places becomes activated as sites for personal, public and national remembrance. For her PhD dissertation, she is examining the revitalization of colonial forts in India and Ghana, as they have been reconstituted as museums and heritage sites.
For the past two years, she has been working as a Graduate Student Researcher with Prof. Polly Roberts for the project "Images of Efficacy: Devotional Diasporas of Shirdi Sai Baba in the Indian Ocean World," which studies the spread of the Sai Baba movement.
Jeychandran has an M.A in Arts and Aesthetics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, and an M. Phil in Folklore from Madurai Kamaraj University, India. She is fluent in Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil.