I completed my BA and MA in history at Yale University in 2009 before moving to the University of Cambridge for my PhD. I subsequently held a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship at Royal Holloway, University of London, from 2013-16.
My research focuses on the intersections between South Asian and international history. I look at state-building in postcolonial India and Pakistan and both countries’ interactions with foreign powers such as the United States and Great Britain. I am particularly interested in borderlands as spaces of contested sovereignty where local non-state actors come into conflict with state authorities and foreign interests. I am broadly interested in the global Cold War; the U.S. in twentieth-century world politics; empire and decolonization; borderlands studies and non-state actors; and nationalist and identity politics.
My first book is a history of the northwest frontier tribal area of the Indian subcontinent (what is now Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area) in the context of decolonization and the global Cold War. It considers why this region has remained largely autonomous in the twentieth century, as well as why the region has persisted in interesting state actors in South Asia and the West.
I currently am working on an international history of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and a comparative study of borderlands autonomy movements and state-building in postcolonial South Asia.