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” which is based on my doctoral thesis on the history of technology and urbanisation in colonial Bombay/Mumbai. I am also preparing a sequel to this book called “Bombay Between the Wars, 1920-1950″ on the history of urban space, crime, and policing in late colonial and early Independence-era Bombay City.
I 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, supported by NUS Tembusu College. At ARI, I serve on the Working Papers Committee and the Seminars Committee.
Between 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 Michael M.J. Fischer and historian Merritt Roe Smith.
During my PhD 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 Sudipta Kaviraj (2006-2013).
Before pursuing my PhD, I worked in Mumbai as an independent researcher, teacher and journalist (1997-2005).
I was one of the founding Coordinators and then Associate Director of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action & Research) (2000-2003) where I worked with anthropologist Arjun Appadurai and the late historian Carol Breckenridge.
I also helped found and was an Executive Member of CRIT (Collective Research Initiatives Trust) in Mumbai (2004-2012).
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).
I first worked as a labour reporter with the India Centre for Human Rights & Law (ICHRL) and publicist for the Girni Kamgar Sangharsh Samiti and Lokshahi Hakk Sanghatana. I was also a journalist with the Indian Express Mumbai Newsline, Satyam Online, and Rediff on the Net (1997-2000).
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.