Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences (2019–21)
PhD'19 (South Asian history) University of Chicago
British frontier ethnography; Muslim "fanaticism"; Indian princely states; Indian reform movements; colonial political economy; Victorian international law; colonial anxiety and nostalgia
Against “Anomaly”: India Reformism and the Politics of Colonial Dissent
My first book project seeks to account for the near absence of a radical, anti-colonial tradition in mid-nineteenth-century Britain. Rather than calling for the complete abrogation of the empire, reformers affiliated with the metropolitan British India Society, India Reform Society, and East India Association exposed the anomalies that perpetuated India's marginalization and impeded the formation of an equitable imperial union. By reconstructing the transregional networks that extended from Boston to Bengal and sustained these organizations, this project analyzes India reformism from ideological, polemical, and structural perspectives and excavates an alternative tradition of liberal imperialism that was founded on dissent.
My past research has dealt with the production of ethnographic knowledge on the Indo-Afghan frontier and British conceptualizations of "Muslim fanaticism." My second project returns to some of these themes. Beginning with a microhistory of a panic that gripped the city of Allahabad in 1870, it aims to uncover the roots of colonial fear and determine how the advent of telegraphic networks exacerbated this alarmism.
“Muslim ‘Fanaticism’ as Ambiguous Trope: a Study in Polemical Mutation." In Mountstuart Elphinstone in South Asia: Pioneer of British Colonial Rule, edited by Shah Mahmoud Hanifi. London: Hurst Publishers, Oxford University Press, 2019, 91–116.
"Colonial Ethnography on India's North-West Frontier, 1850–1910," Historical Journal 59, no. 1 (Feb. 2016): 175–96.
—Historians Garner Teaching Prizes
—History Students Awarded 47 Research Grants in 2017–18
—Coorgnizes a two-day conference on South Asian Borderlands