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Jatin Dua is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. He also directs the Oceans Lab at the University of Michigan dedicated to collaborative and multimodal ways of engaging oceans as anthropological interlocutors. His research explores maritime mobility, and its perils and possibilities, in the Indian Ocean, focusing on processes and projects of governance, law and economy. He is the author of Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean, a multi-sited ethnographic and archival engagement with piracy and contests over legitimate and illegitimate commerce in the Western Indian Ocean.