I have taught at UCSB since 1994 and, since 2003, have held a joint appointment in the Departments of both Anthropology and History; I also hold courtesy affiliations with the Department of Religious Studies and the Women’s Studies Program. I earned an A.B. in anthropology from Smith College and received my Ph.D., also in anthropology, from the University of Pennsylvania. My commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry has roots in my graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania. It was there that my interests in South Asian anthropology and history coalesced, nurtured by the Penn’s long-standing strengths in South Asian regional studies and by the enlivening presence of the Ethnohistory Workshop, a forum that continues to foster innovative cross-disciplinary inquiry.
I have held teaching and research appointments at the University of Texas, Austin, the University of Chicago, the School of American Research, Madras Institute of Development Studies, and, most recently, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. I have received support for my research from the University of Pennsylvania, the American Institute of Indian Studies, Fulbright-Hays, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the University of California.
I was honored by the receipt, in 1999, of UCSB’s Plous Award, which is given annually to an assistant professor for their contributions to the intellectual and creative life of the campus. Since July 2001, I have been a member of the editorial team of the quarterly journal, Public Historian, serving as Review Editor (2001-2004) and as Co-Editor (2004-present). During the 2004-05 academic year, I will be on leave in Washington D.C. as a Residential Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.