Researcher in Political Science
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Malasree Neepa Acharya is an academic researcher in the Migration, Diversity and Human Rights cluster at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and a member of the teaching team of the Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Stanford Center for Professional Development, Stanford University and Stanford Business School. Neepa’s research investigates the mobility and circulation of diaspora entrepreneurs of Indian origin and their impact on emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems in Global South technological hubs. She is a member of the World Bank and Migration Policy Institute’s High Level Working Group on Diaspora for the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD). Neepa is also a performing baroque violinist. Her musical practice combines aleatoric improvisation with theories on migration, cities, and womanism in the South by collaborating with dancers, mask artists, and musicians from around the world. Her recent publications span concepts of sound and displacement and cosmopolitan mobility in India’s tech cities. Neepa has held research fellowships from the Zeit-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Foundation “Settling into Motion” Program, the Vlaamse Overheid, and the Belgian American Education Foundation.
In fall 2017, Neepa will join the faculty of the University of Delaware as an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics where she will teach courses on international migration, South Asian cities in development, and help build the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship.