Lucas will study alongside faculty in Goa University in responding to questions of mourning, memory, and domestic labor in the former Portuguese colony. He is interested in the intergenerational testimonies of Afro-Asian affinities, friendships, and networks of care. Further, he plans to complicate the literary narrative associated with the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea with Goa's legacy of enslavement and trafficking.
Born to a Biracial Black mother and an Indian father, Lucas Cole Joshi is a scholar of Afro-Asian studies grounded by Afro-Asian heritage. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Studies and Lusophone Studies in the spring of 2022. He will begin his doctoral studies at Brown University in the Department of Comparative Literature in the fall of 2023 after completing one year of research in India under the Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship.