'Women and Work in the Indian Economy: Empire, Famine, and Labour during the Second World War'
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 know more about my research, you can read my blog for the Royal Historical Society's 'Writing Race' series or view a talk I gave at the British Library. This 9-minute video, made for the 'Indian Women & War Project' offers a brief preview of some of my ongoing work.
I am currently Royal Historical Society Marshall Fellow, 2022-23, held jointly with the Institute of Historical Research. I am also part of the Global History of Capitalism Project at Brasenose College and the History Faculty. The first three years of my DPhil were supported by an Oxford Graduate Scholarship, generously funded by Kellogg College. 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.
‘Inequality and Precarity in Global Perspective: Rethinking Social Polarisation in the UK, Japan, and the Global South’, World Economic History Congress, Paris, 29 July
Economic and Social History Research Seminar joint with History of Gender and Sexuality Seminar, University of Edinburgh, 11 May 2022
‘New Directions in the History of War and Violence’ Seminar, Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War, King’s College London, 4 May 2022
Annual Conference on South Asia, ‘In Famine and War: ‘Small Voices’ from South Asia’ panel, 23 October 2021
PhD Student Workshop, International Conference on Indian Business & Economic History, IIM Ahmedabad, 24 August 2021
Second World War Research Group Global Seminar, ‘Marginalised Histories of the Second World War’, 1 June 2021
Tufts South Asian Regional Committee Panel, ‘Gendered Bodies, Trafficking, and Labour in South Asia’, 26 April 2021 (YouTube)
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