I am a social scientist and historian of technology and urbanisation in modern India. I am currently completing a book called Plotting & Scheming: The Redevelopment of Colonial Bombay based on my PhD thesis, Empires’s Metropolis: Money, Time & Space in Colonial Bombay, 1870-1920.
From 2015 to 2017 I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a member of the Science Technology & Society (STS) Research Cluster at Tembusu College.
In 2014-2015, I was a Visiting Fellow and Graduate School Faculty at the Homi Bhabha Centre of Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, where I created and taught a doctoral seminar on “Education Science & Society in Modern India”.`
Between 2005-2013 I pursued my PhD in History and Anthropology 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 doctoral dissertation committee.
During 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 doctoral dissertation committee.
Ffrom 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 for my archival research and fieldwork in the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM).
From 2000 to 2003, I was one of the founders and then Associate Director of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action & Research) in Mumbai, where I worked with Professor Arjun Appadurai and the late Profesor Carol Breckenridge.
From 1999 to 2005, I taught and worked at design and architecture colleges in Mumbai and Bangalore. I was Visiting Faculty at the Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture & Environmental Studies (KRVIA) and at the Srishti School of Art Design & Technology. I also founded and was Joint Convenor with the late Arvind Adarkar of the Mumbai Study Group at the Academy of Architecture from 1999 to 2003.
Between 1998 and 2000 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 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. I was also a freelance and features writer with the Indian Express Mumbai Newsline, Satyam Online, and Rediff on the Net during and after college (1997-2000).