I am a Research Associate at St. John’s College and am co-directing the project on St. John’s and the Colonial Past with Professor William Whyte. I am a cultural and intellectual historian of the modern period with wide interests and experience and my research focuses on the history of orientalism and the transcultural history of knowledge in the context of colonialism and empire, in particular, the transfer of knowledge from Asia to Europe. My undergraduate degree was at St. Xavier's College, Bombay, followed by an M.Phil at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and a PhD at Queens’ College, Cambridge. I have also studied at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, and was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, a Zukunftsphilologie Fellow at the Freie Universität, Berlin, and, most recently, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of History, Cambridge which I held in conjunction with a Research Associateship at St. John’s College Cambridge.
My wider research and teaching interests include the history of books, institutions and disciplinary formations, conflict and collaborations between scholarly traditions, histories of language, translation and text circulations, across Europe, Asia and the United States, and particularly in light of the influence of inequalities of power on knowledge production and consumption, and vice versa. I am also interested in transcultural, oriental and occult influences on literary modernism, and have a long-standing involvement in contemporary Indian art, and art heritage, having worked in the field first as an administrator, and then a performer since 1998.