I am a social scientist with a focus on the history of technology and urbanisation in modern India and South Asia. I am currently completing a book manuscript titled Plotting & Scheming: Money Time & Space in Colonial Bombay, 1896-1926 based on my doctoral dissertation. I am also working on another archival research project titled Bombay Between the Wars: Politics, Institutions & Information, 1918-1948.
In 2014-2015, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Homi Bhabha Centre of Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, where I created and taught the doctoral seminar 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.
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 for my archival research and fieldwork in the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM).
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.