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I am a social scientist with a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Chicago. After several postdoctoral positions working on a series of projects on the future of work, labor, technology, and the gig/platform economy, I am now in residence as a fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale working on my book project - Empire of Innovation.


In my work I examine the regulation of labor after the abolition of slavery - focusing on South Asia but with an emphasis on repercussions for international conventions on slavery, forced labor, and contract labor that lay the foundation for twentieth century labor governance.


My work spans social histories of slavery and labor in colonial Sindh, racialized colonial anti-trafficking and anti-slavery measures, histories of the Shidi -African diaspora - community in South Asia, colonial law, and the emergence of definitions of slavery and its analogies at the League of Nations and the ILO. 

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