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Biography

A historian of South Asia and contemporary international relations, I joined King’s College London in early 2016, after a Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and a visiting fellowship at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. My work focuses on the impact of decolonization in South Asia as we know it today, particularly in terms of international politics.

I’m particularly interested in the connections between state-/nation-building and geopolitics, notably in border spaces like the Himalayas and the Indian Ocean. I hold the 2012 the British Association for South Asian Studies annual prize, Cambridge University’s Prince Consort Prize and Seeley Medal 2014 and a British Academy Rising Star Award 2018.

Research interests

  • Inter-national and trans-national relations in the post-colonial world
  • South Asia and the Indian Ocean
  • Frontiers, borders and borderlands
  • Decolonisation
  • State-making and nation-building
  • Maritime spaces

I have written extensively on Sino-Indian relations and on the strategic borderlands between India, India, Tibet and Burma, most notably in my book Shadow States: India, China and the Himalayas (CUP 2016; awarded the James Fischer Prize 2018).

My current research is taking me in two directions. First, I’m currently working on post-colonial India’s practice and imagination of diplomacy and on South Asia and the international order. My second project explore the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean since 1945, at the intersection of the Cold War, decolonization, and the transformation of the ocean into a resource and sovereignty frontier.

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Expertise and public engagement

I regularly contribute to debates on my field of expertise, the politics and history of modern South Asia, in the international press and online media.

I am the South Asian Studies Editor at Dissertation Reviews, an open access project that offers a glimpse into the immediate present of humanities and social science research by publishing recently defended, unpublished dissertations.