Assistant Professor of History at Duke Kunshan University
I am a historian of labor, gender and migration specifically studying eighteenth century South Asia. My major fields of training are South Asian history, Labor History and World History. At DKU I teach interdisciplinary courses on migration, inter-Asian connections, South Asia and World History. My current book project tentatively titled, Labor and Ascendancy of the East India Company State in Bengal, 1650-1817
chronicles the transformations in the structure and culture of hired work through closely studying the experience of European sailors and soldiers, indigenous silk reelers and boatmen over the eighteenth century. It shows that the changing relationship between the English East India Company state and its workers from the late seventeenth until the early nineteenth century had set the premise for labor-employer relationship of the modern colonial British Indian state.
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