PhD, UCLA, 2018
I am a historian of early modern and modern South Asia. My research interests include the Persianate world (ca. 13th-19th centuries), with a focus on non-courtly writers in regional contexts under early colonial rule. My broader fields of interest span the history of political Islam, gender and sexuality, and Hindustani music. My most recent scholarly publications have appeared in The Indian Economic and Social History Review and History and Theory. My first book project examines the political imaginings and legal regimes crafted by autonomous Afghan soldiers, scholars and scribes in early colonial North India.
Before joining UBC, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University in 2018-19. At UBC, my research is supported through an SSHRC-Insight Development Grant, the UBC Hampton New Faculty Grant and the Dean of Arts Faculty Research Award. I am also a member of the Balzan Seminar, a research cohort of Islamic History scholars led by Michael Cook.
I currently offer the following courses:
ASIA428: Mughal India
ASIA330: Muslims in Modern India
ASIA491 (R): India and the Persianate World
ASIA 310A: Afghan History–Studies in the History of a Major Asian Civilization
I invite applications from prospective MA students working on Persianate history and early colonial rule in South Asia.