I am Assistant Professor of History at the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) in Mumbai. Previously, I taught in the Department of History at the University of South Carolina. I teach courses on modern South Asia, the Indian nationalist movement, and the British Empire. Most of my research has focused on the life and career of Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-17), arguably the most significant Indian nationalist leader before Gandhi. Naoroji was one of the founders of the Indian National Congress, became the first Indian elected to the British Parliament in 1892, and, 1906, declared swaraj or self-government to be the policy of the Indian National Congress. In 2015, I received my Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. My biography of Dadabhai Naoroji, Naoroji: Pioneer of Indian Nationalism, was published by Harvard University Press in May 2020.
My academic research focuses on the Indian nationalist movement, the city of Bombay/Mumbai, and the Parsi Zoroastrian community. I have received two Fulbright fellowships and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for my research. In addition to my academic writing, I have contributed pieces to BBC News, the New York Times online, the Hindu, the Indian Express, and Scroll.in.