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About Me

Greetings! I am an historian, anthropologist and consultant with more than fifteen years of experience in the humanities and social sciences, non-profits and higher education, and open source technology development. You can contact me via electronic mail or follow me on Twitter or Facebook or LinkedIn.

I am currently a postdoctoral visiting fellow at the at the Homi Bhabha Centre of Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). In 2014 I was editorial and research consultant with the Economic & Political Weekly (EPW) and Hivos in Mumbai.

Between 2005-2013 I pursued my doctorate in History and Anthropology in the Program in Science Technology & Society (STS) at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) where I completed my completed and graduated in September 2013. I am currently working on a book on the history of technology and globalisation in Mumbai titled Empire’s Metropolis: Money, Time and Space in Colonial Bombay, 1860-1920 based on my PhD research.

Since 2008, I have been managing partner and co-director of the open source technology collective Topomancy (earlier known as Entropy Free). Our clients include the New York Public Library (NYPL) Maps Division, the Library of Congress, and the Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) where I am on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Worldmap Project. Topomancy developed and maintains the Map Warper, Digital Gazetteer and Chronology of Places tools and services for libraries, archives and collections.

Since 2011 I founded and have coordinated ChaloBEST, a studio-learning initiative in sustainable mobility and urban transport at the Homi Bhabha Centre of Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) using data from BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking) to provide free and open source web and SMS services for public buses in Greater Mumbai.

From 2010-2011 I was a Junior Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) affiliated to the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai. From 2007-2008 I was a Mozilla Foundation fellow and technology evangelist for the Zotero project at the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University. From 2006-2007 I was a doctoral exchange scholar in Middle Eastern, South Asian & African Studies (MESAS) at Columbia University in New York City.

Between 1999-2005 I worked in Mumbai as an independent researcher, where I helped found and was co-director of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action & Research) (2000-2003). I also co-founded CRIT (Collective Research Initiatives Trust) (2004-2010), was Visiting Faculty at the Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture & Environmental Studies (KRVIA) and the Srishti School of Art Design & Technology (2003-2005), and was founder and Joint Convenor of the Mumbai Study Group at the Academy of Architecture (1999-2001).