I am a specialist of South Asian History and History of Science. My broad areas of interest are science, agriculture, environment, and knowledge. My recently published book (Indigo Plantations and Science in Colonial India) is a social history of indigo that illuminates the connections of South Asia with the wider world while covering the odyssey of indigo through the peasant and plantation phases. I am currently writing a history of agriculture and social movements focused on India in the colonial and postcolonial eras as part of two separate book projects.
"Plantation Indigo and Synthetic Indigo: Redefinition of a Colonial Commodity," Comparative Studies in Society and History 58: 2 (April 2016): 407-31.
“GENEALOGIES – Connecting Spaces in Historical Studies of the Global,” in Hilary Kahn (ed.), Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014, pp, 97-111.
“Transnational Knowledge and Colonial Indigo Plantations in South Asia,” Modern Asian Studies, 48 No. 3 (2014): 720-53.
Indigo Plantations and Science in Colonial India, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
“Plantation Science: Improving Natural Indigo in Colonial India, 1860-1913,” Winning entry, Special Commendation, Singer Prize, British Journal for the History of Science, 40: 4 (December, 2007): 537-565.
“Scientific Experiments in British India: Indigo Planters, Scientists, and the State, 1890-1930,” in Indian Economic and Social History Review, 38:3 (June-September, 2001): 249-270.
Awards and Service:
Scholars Award, National Science Foundation 2017-18
Summer Workshop Grant, Asian Studies, Penn State 2016
Resident Scholar, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Penn State 2015 (fall)
Humanities without Walls Grant, University of Illinois 2014
Framing the Global Fellowship, Indiana University 2011-2015
Scholars Award, National Science Foundation 2008-09
Special Commendation, Biennial Singer Prize, The British
Society for the History of Science 2005