Main Focus

  • Labour history
  • Urban history
  • Family, kinship and intimacy


Love and Labour in the City: Romantic Love and Delhi’s Workers , c. 1950s to the present

Curriculum Vitae

  • Fellow at Re:Work, Humboldt University, Berlin (2017)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Centre for Advanced   Studies, New Delhi  (2016)
  • PhD in History, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen (2016)
  • Mphil in Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (2010)
  • M.A. in Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (2004)
  • B.A. in Sociology, Delhi University (2002)

Selected Publications


In the Shadow of the Mill: Workers’ Neighbourhoods in Ahmedabad, 1920s to the 2000s, Cambridge University Press, 2022


  • Introduction ‘Fluid Feelings’, in L'Homme. Zeitschrift für feministische Geschichtswissenschaft 32, 2 (2021). (jointly with Alexandra Oberländer) 
  • ‘Feminine Domesticity and Emotions of Gender: Women and Work in 20th and Early 21st century India, in L’Homme.Zeitschrift für feministische Geschichtswissenschaft 32, 2 (2021): 59-77

  • 'Matters of the Heart: Romance, courtship and conjugality in contemporary Delhi', International Labor and Working Class History, 97 (2020): 109-133
  • The Textile Labour Association and Dadagiri: Power and politics in the working-class neighbourhoods of Ahmedabad', International Labor and Working Class History, 87 (2015): 67-91.

Book Chapters

  • 'Negotiating De-industrialisation: Emotions and Ahmedabad’s textile workers' in   Agnes Arnold-Forster and Alison Moulds (eds.) Feelings and Work in Modern History: Emotional Labour and Emotions about Labour, Bloomsbury (2022): 76-95
  • 'Legacies of Housing in Ahmedabad’s Industrial East: The Chawl and the Slum' in Felicitas Hentschke and James Williams (eds.) To be at Home: House, Work and Self in the Modern World, De Gruyter (2018):175-80

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