PhD Candidate in History
Summer Fellow 2014
Research Interests: Modern South Asia, Afghanistan, Borderlands, Political Economy, Spatial Theory, Travel Writing.
My summer research examined the afterlife of Edward Gait's 1906 account, A History of Assam, in historiography on the region. Specifically, through a close reading of the works of three historians from Assam, Suryya Kumar Bhuyan. Kanaklal Barua, and Padmanath Bhat-tacharya, it traced the development of two strands within Assamese historical thought. The first of these emphasized connections between histories of Assam and India. The second asserted Assamese autonomy while citing the region's evasion of Mughal and British domination to portray it as a space especially suited to the recovery of an uninterrupted, and ancient Indian past.