Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences (2019–21)
PhD'19 (South Asian history) University of Chicago


Mailing Address

The University of Chicago
Department of History
1126 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Social Science Research Building, room 529 – Office


Research Interests

Colonial ethnography; anti-colonial protest and network formation; global abolitionism; Victorian international law; infrastructure; colonial panics; sedition and free speech adjudication


Against “Anomaly”: India Reformism and the Politics of Colonial Dissent


My first book project, Ethical Empire? India Reformism and the Critique of Colonial Misgovernment, excavates an enduring tradition of moralistic agitation in the pre-nationalist era. Beginning in the 1830s, abolitionists, Quakers, free-traders, retired colonial agents, and Parsi intellectuals became increasingly convinced that British dominion in India was exploitative and destabilizing; moreover, it had given rise to a series of prejudicial anomalies. Participating in the British India Society, India Reform Society, and East India Association, these reformers protested against the "virtual" enslavement of Indian subjects, violations of the law of nations, economic impoverishment, infrastructural decay, and the paralysis of civil society that had occurred under colonial rule. By analyzing India reformism from ideological and structural perspectives, this study historicizes the practice of anti-colonial critique and offers new insight into the frustrated development of a British imperial public consciousness. Additionally, I have begun work on a second project that explores the Government of India’s concerted and unprecedented campaign to suppress the free speech of its subjects and control the transmission of knowledge within its territory and beyond its borders.


“‘A Blot on English Justice’: India Reformism and the Rhetoric of Virtual Slavery," Modern Asian Studies 55, no. 1 (2021): 207-252.

Coauthored with Mark Knights, “Bribery in Baroda: the Politics of Corruption in Nineteenth-century India,” in Corruption, Empire and Colonialism: a Global Perspective, eds. Ronald Kroeze, Pol Dalmau, and Frédéric Monier (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), 141-170.

“Law of Nations Theory and the Native Sovereignty Debates in Colonial India,” Law and History Review 38, no. 2 (2020): 374-407.

“Muslim ‘Fanaticism’ as Ambiguous Trope: a Study in Polemical Mutation,” in Mountstuart Elphinstone in South Asia: Pioneer of British Colonial Rule, ed. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (London: Hurst Publishers/Oxford University Press, 2019), 91-116.

“Colonial Ethnography on India’s North-West Frontier, 1850-1910,” The Historical Journal 59, no. 1 (2016): 175-196.


—Historians Garner Teaching Prizes
—History Students Awarded 47 Research Grants in 2017–18
Coorgnizes a two-day conference on South Asian Borderlands