My research lies at the intersection of gender, economic and social histories of South Asia and the Middle East. I am concerned with the spatial and temporal aspects of women's and men's work, concepts and categories of skill, technology and specialist knowledge in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My PhD thesis explored these themes in silk factories of Ottoman Bursa and cotton mills of Bombay between 1850 and 1910. Examining two regions with seemingly disparate histories within the same analytical framework, it highlighted parallels in labour and gender politics in the heyday of industrial capitalism.
During the past five years I have conducted research in archives spanning three countries and seven cities: Istanbul, Bursa, Cambridge, London, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. I have presented elements of my work at workshops and conferences in Cambridge, Oxford, Hull, and Paris. I have also provided supervisions and taught classes in global and world history, on various topics from the Indian Rebellion to the Middle East economy in the nineteenth century.
My fellowship project at Merton explores gendered means of participation in upper-middle class professions including medicine and law. I am specifically interested in the notions of skill, time, and collective identity as crafted by Indian and Ottoman female physicians in the early twentieth century. I am also working on a monograph project which is an extended version of my doctoral thesis.