Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
MA, MPhil in History, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India
DPhil in Modern History, University of Oxford, UK
My latest academic interests center around the history of tea plantation is India with specific focus on the evolution and transfers of technology in the tea industry. This interest, of late, also has drawn me into the history of global circuation of (other) crops and commodities. More broadly I am a historian of science, technology, and medicine in colonial India. Relevant works include "Betwixt Science and Religion; East and West: Jesuits in 17th and 18th Century Southern India’," in Yiftach JH Fehige (ed.), Science and Religion: East and West, Routledge, Oxford and New York, 2016; "College of Engineering, Guindy," in DP Chattopadhyay and Uma Dasputa (eds), Science and Modern India: An Institutional History," Pearson Education, New Delhi, 2010; with Srinivasa Rao, "Colonialism and the Development of Electricity: The Case of Madras Presidency, 1900–1947," Science, Technology & Society, Vol. 15, No.1, 2010.
Cropscape Project: Teascapes