I am a social scientist and historian specialising in the history of technology and urbanisation in modern 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 research project titled Bombay Between the Wars: Politics, Institutions & Information, 1918-1948.
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.
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).
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 the Srishti School of Art Design & Technology. I also founded and was Joint Convenor with Darryl D’Monte and the late Arvind Adarkar of the Mumbai Study Group at the Academy of Architecture which met fortnightly from 1999 to 2003.
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. More information on my earlier education is on my CV.