My dissertation analyzes the archaeological landscape and the religious built environment of the contested and marginalized border region of Ladakh, India. I investigate the links between religion, built environment and political identity through a combination of archaeological survey, and ethnographic and archival work in two villages in the region. The objective of my work is to look at the historical landscape as well as contemporary conservation practices to understand how Buddhist and Islamic communities have used religious architecture as instruments to assert and reinforce their religious identities, and to produce and maintain narratives about Ladakhi history.
Prior to coming to Stanford, I received my B.A. (Hons) in History from the University of Delhi and my M.A. and M.Phil in History from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. After completing my M.Phil in 2015, I worked with Oxford University Press, India as a Social Sciences editor.