Research Interests: Semiotics, Linguistic ethnography, Script and writing systems, Language and politics, Aesthetics of language, Adivasi societies and history, Gujarat, Jharkhand/West Bengal border regions



  • BA: University of Chicago, 2004
  • MA: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2009
  • PhD: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2014


Selected Publications:

  • Script as constellation among Munda speakers: the case of Santali. South Asian History and Culture. Special issue on on the politics of writing in South Asia. (2018).
  • Expressives in Hindi film song in Journal of Indian Folklore Research 16. [in Japanese, English to appear in forthcoming Nishaant Choksi and Nathan Badenoch, eds. Expressives in the South Asian Linguistic Area] (2017).
  • From language to script: graphic practice and the politics of authority in Santali language media, eastern India. Modern Asian Studies 51(5).(2017).
  • Surface politics: scaling multiscriptality in an Indian village market. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 25(1): 1-24.(2015).


Work Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (July 2018 to present)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Kyoto University/Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (2016 – 2018)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Tokyo University/JSPS (2014 – 2015)

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