I specialize in East African and Indian Ocean history. My dissertation examines the history of sacred architecture among Indian populations in twentieth-century Nairobi, and questions to what extent the production of religious space influenced the city’s social and cultural life as well as racial politics and networks of patronage and exchange. My research employs Gujarati, Swahili, and English language sources from family collections, newspapers, and political associations as well as architectural prints from Kenya’s national archive. I also utilize travel memoirs found in Gujarati libraries in India. My research has received support from the British Institute in Eastern Africa (2011-2012) and the IIE US Fulbright Program (2015-2016).
At Johns Hopkins, I work under Professor Pier Larson, and have completed studies in African and Indian Ocean history, social and cultural theory, and economic anthropology. Prior to my doctoral research, I worked in the US and Kenyan financial sectors (2006-2008) and for the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (2008-2010). I have published with Economist.com and The American Interest, and have co-authored a chapter about gender, mobile money, and household transformations in Kenya for Berghahn books' forthcoming edited volume, Trusting and its Tribulations (2016).
Main Advisor: Professor Larson