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Harvard University
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legal history, migration, displacement, citizenship, South Asia, Indian Ocean, law
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About Me

I am a historian of modern South Asia, with research and teaching interests in legal history, transnational history, and histories of migration and displacement. At present, I am a Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at the Centre for History and Economics at Harvard University.

I received my Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2018. I also hold a bachelor’s degree in arts and law (B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) (JD equivalent) from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and a master’s degree in law (LL.M.) from the Yale Law School. From 2010 – 2012, I served on the faculty of the NLSIU.

Recent Publications

2019 Madras, Rangoon and the Intertwined Itineraries of International Law, Law and History Review (February 2020) [Cambridge]

2016 ADM Jabalpur’s Antecedents: Political Emergencies, Civil Liberties and Arguments from Colonial Continuities in India, 31 (2) American University International Law Review (2016) [AUILR]

2013 ‘The Colonial Difference between Law and Fact: Notes on the Criminal Jury in India’, 50 (3) Indian Social and Economic History Review (2013) [Sage Publications]

2012 ‘We The People, Seamless Webs and Social Revolutions: Imagination and Expectation in the Constituent Assembly Debates of India’, 32(1) South Asia Research (2012) (reprinted in The Constituent Assembly Reader: Deliberations on Democracy (Udit Bhatia ed., Routledge Publishing, 2018) [Sage Publications]

2011 ‘Justice in her Infinite Variety’ (book review) Mithi Mukherjee, ‘India in the Shadows of Empire’ 8 Socio-Legal Review (2011)

2011 ‘Of Limited Suits and Limitless Legalities: Interpreting Legal Procedure in the Ayodhya Judgment’, 5 NUALS Law Journal (2011). [HeinOnline]

2011 ‘The Runaway Judgment: Law-as-Literature, Courtcraft and Constitutional Visions’, 3 Journal of Indian Law and Society (2011) [JILS]

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Asia, India
Expertise by Chronology
8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Government, Law, Libraries & Archives, Migration & Immigration, World War II