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Centre for the Study of Culture and Society
|List Affiliations:||Former Reviewer for H-Asia
Asian History / Studies
Labor History / Studies
Urban History / Studies
World History / Studies
Educational and Professional Qualifications:
March 2008 – Present: Associate Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore.
2000 – 2008: PhD, Department of History, Columbia University. Title of Dissertation: “Christ and the Pariah: Colonialism, Religion and Outcaste Labor in South India, 1780-1830.”
1997-1999: MPhil, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
1995-1999: MA, Department of History, Hindu College, Delhi University, Delhi.
1992-1995: BA (History Honors), Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, New Delhi.
1992-1994: Advanced Diploma in Spanish, Department of Germanic and Romance Languages, Delhi University, Delhi.
Publications and Presentations:
“Of Corporations and Caste Heads: Urban Rule in Company Madras, 1640-1720”, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Vol 9 (2), 2008.
Review of “The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity” and “Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny” by Amartya Sen, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 9 (3), 2007.
“Catholics in Protest: Lower Caste Christianity in Early Colonial Madras”, Studies in History, Volume XV1, Number 2, July – December 2000.
Chair and Discussant of panel entitled “Mobility and Migration in South Asian Legal History,” Inaugural Conference of the Law and Social Sciences Research Network, January 2009.
“Governing Madras: The Construction of a Civic Space in Early Colonial South India”, Annual Conference of the American Historical Association, January 2007.
“Religion, Sovereignty and the East India Company in Early Colonial South India”, Annual Conference of the American Society for Legal History, November 2006.
“Christian State, Christian Subjects: Religion, Urban Governance and the Lower Castes in Early Colonial South India”, Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Madison- Wisconsin, October 2006.
“Christian Piety and Textual Authority: The Early Writings of Vedanayagam Sastriar, Christian Poet of Tanjavur”, talk at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies, April 2006.
‘Negotiating Christianity, Caste and Colonialism: Vedanayaka Sastriar’s Critique of Christian Mission in Tamil Nadu”, talk at the Annual South Asia Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, January 2005.
‘The Colonial Archive: Problems and Possibilities’, Talk at Tamil Department, University of Madras, March 2004.
‘“Caste and Catholicism: Lower Caste Christianity in Early Colonial Madras’, Graduate South Asia Conference entitled ‘Histories of the Present’ at the University of Michigan, Spring 2001.
‘Urban Church Disputes and the Outcastes of Madras’, History Association Seminar, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, January 2000.
Co-author of blog “Archive and Access” on archiving practices and policies in India (www.publicarchives.wordpress.com)
Collaborator on research project on digitization, public access and users in state and non-state archives in India.
Collaborator on project to facilitate resource sharing and the digitization of catalogues amongst small libraries and collections in Goa, Tamil Nadu and the North East.
Participant in research project on the impact of reservations on undergraduate colleges in India organized by the Ford Foundation and the Institute of International Education.
Teaching and Other Work Experience:
Instructor, Legal History, Christ College Law School, Bangalore, June – November 2008.
Instructor, University Writing Program, Columbia University, Fall 2005- 2007.
Teaching Assistant, Colonial Encounters (Prof Lisa Tiersten), Barnard College, Fall 2006.
Teaching Assistant, Colonial Encounters (Prof Lisa Tiersten), Barnard College, Fall 2005.
Teaching Assistant, European Women in the Age of Revolution (Prof Lisa Tiersten), Barnard College, Spring 2005.
Teaching Assistant, Colonial Encounters (Prof Lisa Tiersten), Barnard College, Fall 2004.
Teaching Assistant, Modern South Asia (Prof Anupama Rao), Barnard College, Fall 2002.
Teaching Assistant, Colonial Encounters (Prof Lisa Tiersten), Barnard College, Fall 2001.
Research assistant to Prof Lisa Tiersten, November 2004-Janurary 2005 (development of textbook on modern Europe entitled “ The Western Experience”).
Ran workshop on the history of Madras city for Tulika Publications, Chennai, Summer 2003.
Research and translation assistant to Prof Sunil Khilnani, John Hopkins University, August 1999- May 2000 (project on Nehru correspondence and papers at Teen Murti House, New Delhi).
Editorial Assistant, Studies in History, August 1999-July 1999