Neel Ahuja teaches in the interdisciplinary humanities programs at  the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research explores the relationship of the body to the geopolitical and environmental contexts of colonial governance, warfare, and security. Neel is an associate professor in the Feminist Studies Department and a core faculty member of the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program at UCSC.

Neel is the author of the book Bioinsecurities: Disease Interventions, Empire, and the Government of Species and has written a series of essays on the transnational politics of human-animal relations. He is currently working on two main research areas, one analyzing global relationships between migration, war, and climate change and another exploring United States counterterrorism incarceration, rendition, and interrogation practices.

Neel studied transnational literary and cultural studies at the University of California, San Diego and gender studies at Northwestern University, where he worked as an organizer in international labor and animal advocacy campaigns. Prior to joining the faculty at Santa Cruz in 2016, he was associate professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Geography at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.