PhD Supervisor & 2nd Reader: Gopalan Balachandran and Amalia Ribi Forclaz
Expected completion date: 2022
My research looks at the political economy of famine relief and famine labour in the North-Western Provinces of colonial India c.1860-1920. It analyses motivations of colonial famine governance towards labour in India by examining forms of famine relief: poorhouses, state kitchens, relief-based public works, and gratuitous relief. For this, I rely on frameworks of political economy and colonial knowledge-making.
Currently, I am a Working Group Co-coordinator for ELHN Remuneration & Bargaining and WORCK Sites and Fields of Coercion. I have written for LSE South Asia and International History Blogs, as well as reviewed books for LSE Review of Books and H-Net Socialisms. I am also trained in basic quantitative methods using STATA, as well as qualitative methods including archival research, interviews, and questionnaires.
- Economic and social history of colonialism
- Labour studies
- Political economy of state governance
- Sociology of race and caste
Relevant Publications and Works
Re-‘Constructing’ Informality: Famine Labour in Late 19th Century Colonial North India. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/24714607-20212001; LSE Economic History Review 2016-17: ‘The Eighteenth Century Economic Transition in India: Prosperity or Decline?’, 2, p.52
Academic Work Experience
Teaching Assistant for Department of Interdisciplinary Masters (2017-2020)
Fellowships, Grants and Awards
Swiss National Science Foundation Doc.mobility Grant. Visiting Scholar at University of Cambridge and Dartmouth College (2020-2021).
Exchange Programme: Yale University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Anthropology (Jan-May 2020)
Europaeum Oxford-Geneva Bursary Scheme (May 2019)