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.
Since 2018 I have served as an archival researcher with senior police historian Deepak Rao for the Director General, Maharashtra State Police on the history of policing in Bombay Presidency and State and the Mumbai Police Museum.
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).