I am a historian of decolonization and the global Cold War. My work focuses on post-1945 political transformation, institutions of international order, 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 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for History at Leiden University attached to the ERC Project, Challenging the Liberal World Order from Within: The Invisible History of the United Nations and the Global South.
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 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.