Research

Broadly speaking, my research is concerned with questions of modernity, aspiration and infrastructure.  What does “progress” look and feel like, how is it defined, and how are notions of progress employed to articulate belonging, citizenship, and projects for the future? To what extent do such notions result in exclusion and dispossession? What role does infrastructure play in bringing about “progress” and its potential exclusions?

I am currently based in Colombo, Sri Lanka conducting ethnographic fieldwork which will conclude in late 2015/2016.

My research is supported by the London School of Economics & Political Science, the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies, the UC Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies and the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism.