She studied at the universities of Calcutta, Oxford, and Cambridge, obtaining her doctorate in the latter. She worked for ten years (2003-2013) at the Faculty of English in the University of Leeds. In 2011 she became Professor of the Humanities and in that same year she received a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship to complete a monograph on the partition of India. She joined the Department of English at King's College London in 2013. She is currently (2013-2018) director of a project entitled Modern Moves, which examines Afro-diasporic cultures and identities in connection with dancing and rhythms in Modernity. She has published in various international journals, volumes and edited collections. She is co-editor of Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures, (Cambridge University Press, 2005); and of Beyond Borders: South Asian Women Artists Respond to Conflict, special issue of South Asian Popular Culture 9: 1 (April, 2011); and has written the monograph Partition's Post-Amnesias: 1947, 1971 and Modern South Asia (Women Unlimited, India, and OUP Pakistan, 2013).
Areas of Interest:
Transnationalism, South Asian diasporas, African diasporas, Modernity, dance, music and movement.