'Women in the Wartime Economy in Second World War South Asia'
I am a DPhil student in Economic and Social History, and my work focuses on gender, labour, and empire in twentieth-century South Asia. I am particularly interested in the effects of war and famine on women's work and survival, and my doctoral thesis aims to examine how gender, caste, class, and empire shaped working women's experiences in the turbulent South Asian economy during World War II.
If you'd like to hear more about my research, you can view my talk at the British Library on YouTube.
My research is supported by an Oxford Graduate Scholarship. I hold an undergraduate degree in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and an MPhil in Economic and Social History (Distinction) from the University of Oxford, where my dissertation on women coal miners in colonial India was awarded the 2019 Feinstein Prize.
'Women beneath the Surface: Coal and the Colonial State in India during the Second World War', War & Society, 39:3, 171-188, DOI: 10.1080/07292473.2020.1790473
The article, which is part of the special edition 'Marginalised Histories of the Second World War' is open access and is available here.
My podcast on the British Empire in Asia for Uncomfortable Oxford's Podcast series 'A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire' is available here (and on various other platforms including Spotify and Apple Music).
British Library South Asia Seminar, 1 March 2021 (YouTube)
History of the Gendered Body Seminar, University of Oxford, 13 November 2020
Women’s History Network Seminar, 7 October 2020
Harvard Graduate Student Conference on Global and International History, 1 August 2020
‘Comparing the Copperbelt’ ESRC Project—Oxford University Workshop ‘Extractive Industries and the Environment: Production, Pollution and Protest from a Global and Historical Perspective’, 6 – 7 December 2019
Colonial Ports and Global History Network Workshop ‘Decolonising Colonial Ports and Global History: Rethinking Archives of Power’, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, 9 November 2019
London School of Economics Annual Economic History of South Asia Workshop, 20 - 21 May 2019
Oxford Economic and Social History Graduate Seminar, 6 February 2019