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Queen's University

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Ph.D. Candidate
South Asia

Phone: 613-533-2150
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall


M.A. Modern History, Jawaharlal Nehru University
B. A. (Hons.) History, University of Delhi,


My research interests include tribal histories in colonial South Asia, Gender history , contemporary ethno-nationalisms and identity assertion movements specifically in the North East of India.

My Ph.D thesis, under the supervision of Dr Ishita Pande, concerns the history of the Khasi hills (situated in the North-East of India) and its inhabitants, through examining resistances to processes of colonial reconstitution of the hills in the 19th century. I specifically focus on articulations of Khasi identity through practices of customary laws and the multiple trajectories of codification of a Khasi philosophical and political cosmology into structured religion.

In 2010, I was selected for the International Visiting Research Programme in History at Birkbeck College, University of London which was supported by the Alan Bray Scholarship. My archival work for six months culminated in a research paper titled 'Placing the Tribal: Modernity, Nation and Khasi Identity', presented at the Graduate History Seminar, Birkbeck College.

From January to August, 2011, I have spent most of my time mining the archives and conducting fieldwork in India.
Fall and Winter 2011-12 - I will be teaching two sections of History 122, The Making of the Modern World.
Fall semester of 2010, Teaching Assistant to Prof. Ariel Salzman on her course on the Modern Middle East
Fall semester of 2009, Teaching Assistant to Prof. Emily Hill on her course on China.
Fall semester of 2009, Teaching Assistant to Dr. Matthew McKean on his course on Post-1851 England.
Fall semester of 2008, Teaching Assistant to Dr. Mike Mason, Professor Emeritus at the Department of History, Queen's University on his course on the Contemporary Third World.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000