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I am a social scientist with a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Chicago.


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. I now expand my focus to exploring how these histories can inform debates around the Future of Work.

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