Doctoral Candidate

MA, Sociology, University of Chicago
BA, Political Science, International Studies Macalester College


My field of interest is historical sociology, focusing on colonial law and social change under the British empire in India. My current work is on slavery and abolition in India, with an interest in the extent to which conceptual categories of freedom and unfreedom - embedded in a global imperialist project - recalibrate local legal consciousness, articulations of justice, and ultimately social movements. With an interest in human rights and a background in studying processes of marginalization in modern day Pakistan, I see this work as part of a larger project to trace the legal antecedents of contemporary labour regimes of servitude in general, and bondage in particular.