Curriculum Vitae


Department of History || University of South Carolina || Gambrell Hall, 817 Henderson St. || Columbia, SC 29208


University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina                                                         

Assistant Professor, Department of History (August 2015-present)

  • Faculty Associate, Walker Institute of International and Area Studies.


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Ph.D., Modern South Asian History (May 2015)

  • Dissertation: The Grand Old Man: Dadabhai Naoroji and the Evolution of the Demand for Indian Self-Government.
  • Derek Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (2010 and 2014).

Stanford University, Stanford, California                                                          

B.A., Honors with Distinction, International Relations; History minor (June 2004)

  • Honors Thesis: “Building Imperial Delhi: The Politics and Symbolism of a New Capital for India.”
  • Firestone Medal for best honors thesis.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Valedictory speaker at Phi Beta Kappa graduation ceremony.
  • Study abroad at Oxford University and Shanghai, China. 


Modern South Asia; empire and anti-imperialism; nationalism; international history; intellectual history; history of political and economic thought; US-India relations; British imperial history; modern Iran; urban history; architectural history; minorities in South Asia; Parsi history; Zoroastrianism and ancient Iran.


Naoroji: Pioneer of Indian Nationalism. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2020.

The Liberals and the Making of Modern India. Manuscript in preparation. Under consideration by Harvard University Press.


Dadabhai Naoroji: Selected Private Papers, co-edited with S.R. Mehrotra, Oxford University Press and National Archives of India, 2016.

From Ghalib’s Dilli to Lutyens’ New Delhi: A Documentary Record, co-edited with Mushirul Hasan, Oxford University Press and National Archives of India, 2013.


“Caught between Two Nationalisms: The Iran League of Bombay and the Political Anxieties of an Indian Minority,” Modern Asian Studies, forthcoming 2021.

“The Transnational Career of the ‘Indian Edison’: Shankar Abaji Bhisey and the Nationalist Promotion of Scientific Talent,” in Prashant Kidambi, Rachel Dwyer, and Manjiri Kamat, eds., Bombay Before Mumbai: Essays in Honour of Jim Masselos, , London: Hurst, 2019; New York: Oxford University Press, 2019; and Delhi: Penguin Random House, 2019; pp. 239-62.

“Beyond Hindu-Muslim Unity: Gandhi, the Parsis, and the Prince of Wales Riots of 1921,” Indian Economic and Social History Review, vol. 55, no. 2, 2018, pp. 221-47 (peer reviewed).

“Our Own Religion in Ancient Persia: Dadabhai Naoroji and Orientalist Scholarship on Zoroastrianism,” Global Intellectual History, vol. 2, no. 3, 2017, pp. 311-28 (peer reviewed).


“‘Pa Rishi’: Gandhi’s Constructive Critiques of Parsi Culture and Society,” in Venu Madhav Govindu and Srinath Raghavan, eds., Festschrift for Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Delhi: Aleph, forthcoming 2020.

“The Singing Satyagrahi: Khurshedben Naoroji and the Challenge of Indian Biography,” in Srinath Raghavan and Nandini Sundar, eds., A Functioning Anarchy? Essays in Honour of Ramachandra Guha, Delhi: Penguin Random House, forthcoming 2020.

“The Banaji and Mehta Families: Forging the Parsi Community in Calcutta,” in Almut Hintze and Alan Williams, eds., Holy Wealth: Accounting for this World and the Next in Religious Belief and Practice (Festschrift for John R. Hinnells), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2016, pp. 211-30.

“Dadabhai Naoroji and the Evolution of the Demand for Swaraj,” Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Occasional Paper Series, History and Society, no. 25, 2013.

“1942: The United States, Great Britain, and the Indian Nationalist Movement,” Herodotus, vol. XIV, Spring 2004, pp. 1-16.


Review of Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent by Priyamvada Gopal (Verso), South Asia, forthcoming 2020.

Review of The Chaos of Empire: The British Raj and the Conquest of India by Jon Wilson (PublicAffairs), South Asia, vol. 41, no. 1, March 2018, pp. 240-42.

Review of The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth by Dipesh Chakrabarty (University of Chicago Press), South Asia, vol. 39, no. 3, August 2016, pp. 703-05.

Review of Mumbai: Theatre of Conflict, City of Hope by Mariam Dossal (Oxford University Press), Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 22, no. 2, April 2012, pp. 477-79.

“The Importance of Ancient Iran,” review of Sasanian Iran by Touraj Daryaee (I.B. Tauris), Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XLV, no. 15, 10 April 2010, pp. 30-32.


National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2019-2020

Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award, 2019

University of South Carolina Provost’s Grant, 2017-18

Harvard Graduate Society Fellowship for Dissertation Completion, 2014-15

Harvard South Asia Initiative Graduate Student Associate Fellowship, 2014-15, 2008-11

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship (for research in India, United Kingdom, and Ireland), 2013

Institute of International Education (IIE) Fulbright Nehru Fellowship (for research in India), 2012

  • Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) (for Gujarati language study in Mumbai), Fall 2011

Clive Fellowship, Department of History, Harvard University, 2010

Kheradi Family Scholarship, Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA), 2010

John L. Loeb Fellowship, Harvard Divinity School, 2009-10

U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship (for Gujarati language study in Ahmedabad), Summer 2009

Whipple V.N. Jones Graduate Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, 2008-09

Stanford Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellowship, 2003-04

Stanford East Asian Studies Undergraduate Fellowship, 2002


“Gandhi Caps for Manhattan: Indian Nationalism in America During the Second World War,” South & Central Asia Annual Fulbright Conference, Kochi, 24 February 2020.

“Learning through Archives” (roundtable participant), FLAME Centre for Teaching and Learning, FLAME University, Pune, 2 December 2019.

 “Ideas of Representation and ‘The People’ in Early Indian Nationalism,” “We The People” Roundtable, Durham University, 31 January 2019.

“Reading the Economy: Harnessing Vernacular Diaries, Travelogues, and Other Literary Works as Sources of Indian Economic History” (roundtable participant), Association for Asian Studies—Conference in Asia, Ashoka University, New Delhi, 7 July 2018.

“The Singing Satyagrahi: Khorshedben Naoroji in Gandhi’s Promotion of Nonviolence,” conference on “Conversations with Ramachandra Guha: Engaging a Life of Scholarship,” India International Centre, New Delhi, 6 April 2018.

“British History after Brexit” (invited plenary roundtable speaker), Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, University of Maryland-College Park, 1 April 2017.

“The Indian Edison: Shankar Abaji Bhisey and the Confluence of Indian Talent and Nationalist Capital,” conference on “Towards New Histories of Mumbai,” University of Mumbai, 7 January 2017.

“Controlling the Narrative: Parsis, European Scholarship on Zoroastrianism, and Religious and Social Reform in the Nineteenth Century,” conference on “The Sea and Knowledge,” Darshak Itihas Nidhi, Bharuch, Gujarat, 10 December 2016.

“The Idea of Indian MPs: Parliament and Early Indian Nationalism,” North American Conference on British Studies, Washington, D.C., 11 November 2016.

“Controlling History: Understanding Archival Dysfunction in India Today,” Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 23 October 2016.

“The Making of an Indian Leader: Dadabhai Naoroji’s Railway Tour of North and West India, 1893-94,” Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 25 October 2015.

“The School Master Abroad: Dadabhai Naoroji and Colonial Bombay’s Educative Tradition,” Yale Modern South Asia Workshop, 11 April 2015.

“No Cause Better Calculated to Secure India’s National Regeneration: Bombay Political Reformers and the Princely States of Gujarat and Kathiawar, 1870-1900,” Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, Chicago, forthcoming March 2015.

“The Chief Subject of the Fight: Dadabhai Naoroji’s Drain Theory and its Political Corollary,” Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, forthcoming October 2014.

“The Schoolmaster Abroad: Liberalism and Education in Mid-Nineteenth Century Bombay,” South Asia Early Career Workshop, Princeton University, 11 April 2014.

“Our Own Religion in Ancient Persia: Dadabhai Naoroji and European Orientalist Scholarship in the Late Nineteenth Century,” “After the Persianate” conference, University of Oklahoma, 8 March 2014.

“Dadabhai Naoroji and the Transnational Dimensions of Social Reform in Western India,” Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, San Diego, 23 March 2013.

“The Banaji and Mehta Families: Forging the Parsi Community in Calcutta,” Conference of the Meherjirana Library, Navsari, Gujarat, 14 January 2013.

“Parsis, Iran and Iranian Nationalism: The Iran League of Bombay,” Conference of the International Society of Iranian Studies, Istanbul, 2 August 2012.

“Gandhi and the Parsis: London, South Africa, and Non-Cooperation,” Conference of the Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge University, 7 June 2008.

“New Delhi: Battles Over Site and Style, 1911-1913,” Conference of the International Planning History Society, New Delhi, 10 December 2006.


“New Delhi: From an Imperial Showpiece to a Democratic Capital City,” United States-India Educational Foundation, New Delhi, 1 November 2019.

“Khurshedben Naoroji: Remembering a Forgotten Gandhian,” Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, Mumbai, 17 October 2019.

“JRB Jeejeebhoy’s Bombay Vignettes,” Asiatic Society of Mumbai, 3 November 2018.

“Pioneering Female Education in the Parsi Community,” Zoroastrian Association of Houston, 21 April 2018.

“How We Got Here: Zoroastrian Diasporas Throughout History,” Zoroastrian Society of Ontario, Toronto, 30 September 2017.

“Building Bombay: Business Families and the City,” National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, 9 August 2017.

“Dadabhai Naoroji: Evaluating his Legacy a Hundred Years after his Death,” Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Prince of Wales Museum) and Museum Society of Mumbai, Mumbai, 29 June 2017.

“The Life and Times of Dadabhai Naoroji,” Asia Society India Chapter, Mumbai, 13 January 2015.

“Working at the National Archives of India,” lecture to staff of the India Office Records, British Library, London, 27 June 2013.

“Indians in late Victorian Britain: Perspectives from the Naoroji Papers,” Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge University, 24 May 2013.

“Being Parsi in London a Hundred Years Ago,” Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe, London, 18 November 2012.

“Dadabhai Naoroji and the Evolution of the Demand for Swaraj,” Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, 20 July 2012.

“New Delhi at 100: Political Reform, Indian Nationalism, and Changing Perspectives on a New Capital for India (1911-1931),” India International Centre, New Delhi, 20 December 2011.

“R.D. Mehta in Early Calcutta History,” Calcutta Zoroastrian Anjuman, Kolkata, 20 November 2011.

“Understanding Parsi Population Decline in India: A Historical Perspective,” Jawaharlal Nehru Centre, Mumbai, 7 May 2011.

“Dadabhai Naoroji’s ‘European and Asiatic Races’: Scholarship and Political Advocacy in Victorian-era Britain,” Jawaharlal Nehru Centre, Mumbai, 11 August 2010.

“Heritage and Diaspora: Zoroastrian Diaspora Settlements in Transition in the 19th-21st Centuries,” Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe, London, 11 April 2010.

“M.K. Gandhi’s Relations with the Parsi Community,” K.R. Cama Institute, Mumbai, 28 May 2009, and Gujarat Vidyapeeth University, Ahmedabad, 10 August 2009.

“Gandhi and Minority Rights: The Prince of Wales Riots,” Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, Mumbai, 8 August 2009.

“Politics of the Construction of British-built New Delhi,” Center for History and Economics, Harvard University, 18 March 2008.


“Cities at the Crossroads,” Ninth Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 18-21 October 2018.

  • Member, Program Committee.

“Celebrating a Treasure: 140 Years at the First Dastoor Meherjirana Library,” Navsari, Gujarat, 12-15 January 2013.

  • Co-organizer for the first major academic conference in Navsari, focusing on Parsi and Zoroastrian studies.
  • Speakers included Amitav Ghosh and historians, philologists, and archaeologists from India, Japan, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, and Japan.


“The Art of Solitude: Travel Vicariously through Central Asia with Robert Byron’s Classic,”, 30 April 2020.

“Epidemics change the course of nations and transform societies. Here are four lessons from history,”, 19 April 2020.

“How Parsis Shaped India’s Taste for Soft Drinks,” BBC News, 22 March 2020.

“S.R. Mehrotra (1931-2019): A Tireless Chronicler of India’s Struggle for Freedom,”, 22 July 2019.

“The Forgotten Indian Inventor Who Dazzled London,” BBC News, 14 July 2019.

“India Must Recall Legacy of Early Nationalists like Dadabhai Naoroji in the Age of Hyper-Nationalism,”, 30 June 2017.

“Navrozji Fardunji, 19th-century Reformer and the ‘Great Son’ whom India Forgot too Soon,”, 10 March 2017.

With Parinaz Madan, “How Food Inspires Names of India’s Parsis,” BBC News, 25 December 2016.

“Viewpoint: How the British Let One Million Indians Die in Famine,” BBC News, 11 June 2016.

“Indian Restaurants: The Unlikely Symbol of the Changing Balkans,”, 6 June 2016.

“Does India Need a New Parliament Building? History May Have Some Constructive Criticism,”, 4 January 2016.

“Global Goodwill: Growing Intolerance within India Threatens to Change How it is Regarded Abroad,”, 25 October 2015.

“Why We Should All Care About the Bombay Parsi Punchayet Elections,”, 14 October 2015.

“Renaming Aurangzeb Road is a Terrible Memorial to APJ Kalam,”, 1 September 2015.

“Live Wire in the Nationalist Movement,” The Hindu, 15 July 2013.

“Shelving History: The Indian Archives,” Himal, January 2013 (published online in January 2014).

“A Small-Town Wonder: The Meherjirana Library of Navsari, Gujarat,” The Hindu, 9 February 2013.

“The Grand Old Man and His Miscellanea,” The Hindu, 22 October 2012.

“India and the Last Jubilee Queen,” The Hindu, 16 June 2012.

“Our Past is Being Moth Eaten,” The Hindu, 19 March 2012.

Four-part series on Indian archives and libraries for the New York Times India Ink:

“New Delhi’s Controversial Birth,” New York Times India Ink, 12 December 2011.

“American Involvement in the Cripps Mission to India,” SPAN, March/April 2005 (also translated for publication in Hindi and Urdu editions).


Department of History, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

  • HIST103 (Honors College): Introduction to South Asian History (Fall 2015, Spring 2018)
  • HIST103: Introduction to South Asian History (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017)
  • HIST300: The Historian’s Craft (Fall 2016)
  • HIST321: The British Empire in the Nineteenth Century (Spring 2016, Spring 2017)
  • HIST367 (Honors College): Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement in India (Spring 2016)
  • HIST367: Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement in India (Fall 2015, Fall 2017)
  • HIST815: Dissertation Prospectus Seminar (Spring 2018)

Department of History, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • HIST86A: Christianity and Chinese Society (teaching fellow for Dr. Henrietta Harrison, Spring 2010)
  • HIST1118: Early Modern British Exploration and Settlement in the Atlantic World (teaching fellow for Dr. David A. Smith, Spring 2010)
  • HIST1457: History of American Capitalism (teaching fellow for Dr. Sven Beckert, Spring 2014)
  • SW42: The World Wars in Global Context, 1905-1950 (teaching fellow for Dr. Charles S. Maier, Fall 2010)


United States-India Educational Foundation, New Delhi: Committee member, National Selection Committee for Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships (Humanities and Social Sciences) (2019).

Modern Asian Studies, Cambridge University Press: article referee (2016-present).

Department of History, University of South Carolina

  • Committee member for the History Center (2015-present), Undergraduate Committee (2016-17), and Executive Committee (2017-present).
  • Member, Faculty Senate (2018-present).
  • Selection Committee, Atkinson/Wyatt Dissertation Fellowship (2018).

National Archives of India, New Delhi, India (2011-present):

  • Co-editor for planned future volumes of the Dadabhai Naoroji Papers and Allan Octavian Hume Papers (to be jointly published by National Archives of India and Oxford University Press).
  • Authored proposals for preservation and digitization of the Dadabhai Naoroji Papers.
  • Creating a comprehensive new catalogue for the Dadabhai Naoroji Papers.

UNESCO Parsi Zoroastrian Project (Parzor), New Delhi, India (2006-present):

  • Involved in heritage preservation projects, including restoration work at the Meherjirana Library, Navsari, Gujarat.
  • Drafted and submitted funding application on behalf of the Meherjirana Library to the National Culture Fund, Ministry of Culture, Government of India (2013).

Department of History, Harvard University: reviewer for undergraduate theses (2010).

South Asia Across Disciplines Workshop, Harvard University: Coordinator for interdisciplinary research workshop (2009-10).


BBC News, London (2016-present): Freelance contributor for online news portal., Mumbai (2015-present): Freelance contributor for major Indian online news portal.

Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA):

  • Chair, Research and Preservation Committee (2017-present).
  • Committee Member, Scholarship Committee (2016-present).
  • Consulting Editor and contributing author for quarterly FEZANA Journal (2007-present).
  • Coordinator for FEZANA Oral History Project (2007).

New York Times India Ink, New York and New Delhi (2012-14): Freelance contributor.

Dudley Graduate Student House, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), Harvard University: Intellectual and Cultural Fellow (2009-10).

Research Assistant to Peter Stansky, Department of History, Stanford University (2003-04): assisted with London Blitz book project published as The First Day of the Blitz (Yale University Press, 2007).

Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs, Stanford University: Editor-in-Chief (2003-04).


Hindi/Urdu: advanced proficiency in reading, speaking, and writing.

Gujarati (Standard and Parsi): advanced intermediate proficiency in reading, speaking, and writing.

Mandarin Chinese: beginning intermediate proficiency in reading, speaking, and writing.