I am a British Academy Newton International Fellow at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh since March 2021. I hold a PhD in Development Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. My doctoral research explored the Dalit land question in India, drawing from the writings of Dr B R Ambedkar and a land movement waged by Dalits in Maharashtra (west India).
My academic background and research work is on political economy of development, with a focus on caste, agrarian change, social policy, and social movements. The geographical focus of my work is India. I specialise in village studies as a methodology and have conducted intensive fieldwork in the rural areas of Maharashtra, Bihar and Jharkhand.
My current research is located at the intellectual and political intersections of Marxism and Ambedkarism, especially in the fields of agrarian political economy, public health, and social movements. My empirical work is focused on land and agrarian relations in rural Maharashtra, Punjab, and Bihar. Alongside, I am trying to conceptualise the emergent caste and class relations in rural India, while working to better understand the social and economic thought of Dr Ambedkar.
PhD Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, 2012–19.
MPhil, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, 2010–12.
MA Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, 2007–09.
BA (Hons) in Economics, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, 2004–07.
Certificate of Specialization in Sustainable Development, International Graduate School North-South (graduate school of Universities of Basel, Bern, Lausanne, and Zurich) 2019.
Consulting Editor (Book Reviews), Economic and Political Weekly, Mumbai. November 2018 to present.
Assistant Professor, School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. July 2020 to March 2021.
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy at St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai. June 2015 to June 2020.
5) Public Health, especially social determinants of health such as caste and gender.
Specific areas of current research are as follows: caste and class in India, agricultural economics, political economy of Bihar and Maharashtra, land question in India and other developing countries, migration, rural/agrarian social movements.