I am an historian of South Asia and the British Empire, with a secondary scholarly field of Islamic Civilizations. My research focuses on Indian state of Rajasthan, and the construction of both British and Indian histories of Rajasthan in the early nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
My book, Serving Empire, Serving Nation: James Tod and the Rajputs of Rajasthan (Brill, 2009), explores the relationships between the political power of the British imperial state, the construction of historical memories, and the uses of these constructions by European writers and Indian nationalist elites. The case of the Rajputs demonstrates how imperial histories reflected Indian social processes and pre-colonial forms of knowledge, interpreted India for the world outside and for Indians themselves.
My current research examines the life of the Mewari Princess Krishna Kumari, the political, cultural and historical ramifications of the Rajput battles for her hand in marriage, and the representations of female heroism that emerge after her death in 1810. I also have an interest in the relationship between German Orientalism and Indian history. I have recently published an essay on an Indian view of Nietzsche, and I have an essay in progress on Weber’s understanding of Indian religion.