I am a historian of decolonization and the global Cold War, with a regional specialization in South Asia and a thematic interest in US diplomacy in the decolonizing world.  My work focuses on post-1945 political transformation, the role of non-state actors and indigenous groups in international relations, religiously infused nationalisms and activisms, as well as definitions of sovereignty.  I received a B.A. from Columbia University's School of General Studies and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Harvard University.  Currently, I am a Past & Present Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London (2019-2021).  


My work analyzes the intersection of nationalism and internationalism in the emergence of postcolonial nation-states during twentieth century global decolonization.  States-in-Waiting, my manuscript, shows how nationalisms that did not achieve statehood during decolonization's moment of seeming political possibility sought out informal sources of international recognition.  My recent articles include "Decolonization in the 1960s,Past & Present, February 2019 and "Jayaprakash Narayan and the Politics of Reconciliation," The Indian Economic and Social History Review, April 2019. I have written on the Second World War's Battle of Kohima for The Washington Post's Made by History column.