Research

I am an anthropologist and historian with disciplinary training in urban studies, science and technology studies (STS), and area studies of India and South Asia. I have studied and worked in India, Singapore, the U.S. and U.K.

I am currently writing a book called Empire’s Metropolis: Money, Time & Space in Colonial Bombay, 1860-1920 based on my doctoral research on the history of technology in colonial Bombay City. I am also preparing another book called “Bombay Between the Wars, 1920-1950″ on the history of urban space and policing in late colonial and early Independence Bombay.

indexI am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in the Science Technology & Society (STS) Research Cluster.

Tata Institute of Fundamental ResearchIn 2014-2015, I was a Post-Doctoral Visiting Fellow at the Homi Bhabha Centre of Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai.

BeMassachusetts Institute of Technologytween 2005-2013 I pursued my doctorate in the Program in Science Technology & Society (STS) at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Cambridge, U.S.A., where I worked with anthropologist Dr Michael M.J. Fischer and historian Dr Merritt Roe Smith on my PhD dissertation committee.

Columbia UniversityDuring my PhD from 2006-2013, I was also an Exchange Scholar in Middle Eastern, South Asian & African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University, New York, U.S.A., where I worked with political theorist and sociologist Dr Sudipta Kaviraj on my dissertation committee.

American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS)During my PhD from 2010-11, I was a Junior Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) in Gurgaon/Delhi, and was affiliated to the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.

Between graduating from college and pursuing my doctorate, I worked in Mumbai as an journalist, teacher and independent researcher (1997-2005).

PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action & ResearchI was a founding Coordinator and then Associate Director of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action & Research) (2000-2003) where I worked with Professor Arjun Appadurai and the late Profesor Carol Breckenridge.

I also helped found and was an Executive Member of CRIT (Collective Research Initiatives Trust) in Mumbai (2004-2012).

KRVIA (Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture)I was Visiting Faculty at the Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture & Environmental Studies (KRVIA) and the Srishti School of Art Design & Technology (2003-2005).

Srishti School of Art Design & TechnologyI founded and was Joint Convenor with Darryl D’Monte and the late Arvind Adarkar of the Mumbai Study Group at the Academy of Architecture (1999-2001).

Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)I worked as a labour and trade union reporter with the India Centre for Human Rights & Law (ICHRL) and researcher and publicist for the Girni Kamgar Sangharsh Samiti  (Mill Workers Action Committee) and Lokshahi Hakk Sanghatana (Organisation for Democratic Rights) (1998-99).

I worked as a journalist and features writer with the Indian Express Mumbai Newsline, Satyam Online, and Rediff on the Net (1997-2000).

School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS)I completed my M.A. in South Asian Studies at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London (1998-1999) where my thesis “Analytics of Caste Power in Modern India: Discourse Antagonism & Hegemony” was awarded a distinction.

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