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.
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 Dr Michael M.J. Fischer and historian Dr Merritt Roe Smith on my PhD 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 dissertation committee.
Between graduating from college and pursuing my doctorate, I worked in Mumbai as an journalist, teacher and independent researcher (1997-2005).
I 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).
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 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.