Near Wellawatte Railway Station, Colombo (2016). Photo by Kalyani Ramnath.

I am a historian of South Asia, with research and teaching interests in modern South Asian history, legal history, transnational history and law and empire. At present, I am a Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at the Centre for History and Economics at Harvard University.

I received my Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2018. I also hold a bachelor's degree in arts and law (B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) (JD equivalent) from the National Law School of India University and a master's degree in law (LL.M.) from the Yale Law School. From 2010 - 2012, I served on the faculty of the NLSIU, teaching courses on legal history, property law and comparative law.

See Transit, my latest piece on the forgotten ferry crossing across the present-day India Sri Lanka maritime boundary here. For a list of upcoming talks, see here.