Department of History
Hamilton College
Clinton, New York 13323


Associate Professor of History, Hamilton College, 2006-present
Assistant Professor of History, Hamilton College, 2000-2006


Ph.D., History, University of California, Davis, 1999
M.A., History, University of Chicago, 1992
B.A., History and Political Science, Hampshire College, 1990

  • ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal of Asian Studies for the Liberal Arts, Co-Editor, 2011-14
  • “Gandhi and the Material Language of the Nation: swadeshi politics, 1920-1940,” forthcoming in D.
    Pathak (ed.) Rethinking Gandhi: A Communication Perspective. (forthcoming Sage, 2013).
  • “Making Women (In)Visible?: the Nationalist Politics of Dress in India,” forthcoming in D. Fairchild 
    Ruggles (ed.) Patronage and Production of Art and Architecture by Women in Modern India. (Routeledge, forthcoming 2013).
  • “Women in Modern India” in Sumit Ganguly and Neil Devotta, Understanding Contemporary India.  (Rienner, 2010).
  • Clothing Gandhi’s Nation: Homespun and Modern India. Indiana University Press, 2007.
  • “A Nationalist Public in the Colonial World: Swadeshi Goods and Official Space in Nationalist India,”
    in Dane Kennedy and Durba Ghosh (eds.) How Empire Matters: Imperial Structures and Globalization in the Era of British Imperialism
    Longman Orient, 2006.
  • “A Question of Trust: The League of Nations, India, and Mohandas Gandhi,” with Kevin Grant, in R. M. Douglas and M.D. Callahan (eds.) Imperialism on Trial:  International Oversight of Colonial Rule in Comparative Perspective.
     Lexington Books, 2006.
  • “Visually Mapping the ‘Nation’: Swadeshi Politics in Nationalist India, 1920-1930.” Journal of Asian Studies, (February 2003): 11-41.

  • Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to India, 2004-2005. Bound By Cloth: Women Textile Workers in Bombay and Lancashire, 1860-1940.
  • American Institute of Indian Studies, Senior Research Fellowship to India, 2004-2005. Bound By Cloth: Women Textile Workers in Bombay and Lancashire, 1860-1940. Declined in favor of Fulbright.
  • Fulbright Research Scholarship (India), 1996.

Conference Papers and Invited Lectures
  • “Portrait of Women at Work:  Pranlal Patel’s Jyoti Sangh Photographs,” Invited Lecture, Indiana University, September 2012.
  • “Women at Work in Ahmedabad, 1937: Photographs from Ahmedabad, 1937,” Invited Lecture, Cornell  University, April 2012.
  • “Maternal Care in Bombay and Manchester: writing a new history for humanity,” Invited Participant, Trans-Colonial Modernities in South Asia: a workshop,” Tufts University, March 2012
  • “Bound By Cloth: maternal care in Bombay and Manchester, 1920-1940,” Panel: Mothers and Infants of a Modern India:  Who Should Provide for Their Health? Annual Meeting of the  American Historical Association, January 5–8, 2012
  • “Khadi and the Visual Vocabulary of Nationhood in India.” Invited Lecture. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, November 2011.
  • “A Photography of Working in Ahmedabad city, 1937: the Jyoti Sangh, Pranlal Patel, and women workers." Panel: Materiality and Culture: Material Culture and South Asian Society. Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 2011
  • “Worker’s Choices and Public Health: Maternity and Maternal Care in Bombay, 1920-1930,” Association of Asian Studies, Atlanta, April 2008.
  • “Rajnarayan Chandavarkar: Workers and Choices in Bombay,” Round Table: Raj Chandavarkar and his legacy, Association of Asian Studies, Boston, March 2007.
  • “Health Matters: Mill Workers and Maternity Care in Bombay, 1920-1940.”  Invited Participant, Consumption Workshop, Pune, India, December 15-16, 2005.
  • “Khadi Flags and .Nationalist Occasions:  Performing Time in Colonial India.” Invited Speaker, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, March 2, 2004.
  • “Making Women (In)visible?: the nationalist politics of dress in India, 1920-1935.” Invited Speaker, Penn State University, February 12, 2003.
  • “Rituals of Time: khadi flags and nationalist calendars in British India, 1920-1935.” Invited Speaker, “Clio in the Colony: Questioning History from India,” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, October 25-26, 2002.
  • “Alternative Geographies: A New Asian Studies?,”  10th Annual ASIANetwork Conference, Hickory Ridge, Illinois, April 19-21, 2002.
  • “Domesticating Colonial Space: Gandhi topis, charka flags and the making of national space, 1921-1930,” 27th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 1998.
  • “Of Prostitutes and Poor Women: the clothing of women in nationalist India, 1917-1930,” Berkeley South Asia Conference, February 1998.

Professional Associations
  • American Historical Association, 1998-present
  • Association for Asian Studies, 2002-present

Professional Service
  • President, Society for Advancing the History of South Asia, American Historical Association, 2011-12
  • Co-Editor, ASIANetwork Exchange: a Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts
  • Vice-President, SAHSA, American Historical Association, 2010- 11
  • Board of Directors and Membership Committee, Chair, ASIANetwork, 2007-2010
  • Director, Asian Studies Program, 2008-2011; 2012-2013
  • Chair of the Board (2008-2010) and Hamilton Faculty Representative, New York Independent College Consortium for  Study in India (2004-present)
  • Faculty Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta, Hamilton College Chapter, 2000-2010
  • Executive Committee, Diversity and Social Justice Project, 2006-2009