Ph.D., The University of Chicago, History, 2012
M.A., The University of Chicago, Social Sciences, 2005
B.A., Oberlin College, History (honors) and English, 2004
International Baccalaureate, The Mahindra United World College of India, 2000
I teach introductory surveys on medieval and early modern, and modern South Asian history. I have also taught about caste in modern South Asian history, Indian nationalism, Subaltern Studies, and historiography, and hope to offer courses on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the British empire, decolonization in the 20th century, and the emergence and development of capitalism in South Asia in forthcoming semesters.
My research interests concern the depoliticization of caste in the state of Bengal over the cusp of India’s Partition and independence in 1947. In this regard, my dissertation, titled “The Emergence and Decline of Dalit Politics in Bengal: Jogendranath Mandal, the Scheduled Castes Federation, and Partition, 1932-1968” investigated the political career of a remarkably forgotten Dalit leader, Jogendranath Mandal, in an attempt to chart the puzzling sublation of caste politics during this tumultuous period in modern South Asia’s past. I am currently revising my dissertation into a book-manuscript.
Recent publications have appeared in The Indian Economic and Social History Review, History Compass, and Modern Asian Studies.