BA in Political Science, Lady Shriram College, Delhi University
MA, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
MPhil, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
PhD , Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.


Urban politics
Political Economy
State and Democracy


Book Manuscript (Forthcoming)

  • Tentatively titled book manuscript “Properties of Rent: The Political Economy of Urban Villages in Delhi” under contract with Cambridge University Press, New Delhi.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • (Forthcoming) “Women’s Movement in Independent India: Contested Terrains, Slippery Subjects” in Sunalini Kumar ed. Engendering/Ungendering: Women, Power and Politics in India, Orient Blackswan
  • 2019.  “The Productive Fuzziness of Land Documents: The State and Processes of Accumulation in Urban Villages of Delhi”, Contributions to Indian Sociology 53, no.2, 249-271.
  • 2018. “Building Monuments in a World Class City: Aesthetics and Politics in Contemporary Delhi”. Book chapter in Uwe Skoda and Birgit Lettmann (eds) India and its Visual Cultures: Community, Class and Gender in a Symbolic Landscape, Sage Publications
  • 2016. “Accumulation by Possession: The Social Processes of Rent  Seeking in Urban Delhi” Book chapter in Ranabir Samaddar, Samita Sen and Iman Kumar Mitra (eds) Accumulation in Post-Colonial Capitalism, Springer.
  • 2014.“Jagmohan: The Master Planner and the Rebuilding of the City”, Special Article, Economic and Political Weekly, September 6.
  • 2012 “A Nation set in Stone”: An Insight into the Politics of Statuary in Delhi (1950- 1965)”, Special Article, Economic and Political Weekly, July 28.
  • (co-authored with Rajarshi Sen)“Unpacking  Choice: What  does  Feminist  Theory  have  to  Rethink Through Nari Niketan Cases?”, Journal of Indian Law and Society, 4(30) Winter, 2012. ISSN 2277-5552

Book Reviews and Working Papers

  • 2015. Working Paper, “The Regime of Registers: Land Ownership and State Planning in Urban Villages of Delhi” SOAS South Asia Institute Working Papers, 2015, Vol1, Pp.17-31
  • 2014.  Working Paper, “The Making of the Rentier Jat: Land, Rent and the Social Processes of Accumulation in South Delhi”, Policies and Practices 67, “Accumulation under Post- Colonial Capitalism-IV- Mobile Labour and the New Urban”, November
  • 2013. Book Review Abdul Shaban’s Mumbai: Political Economy of Crime and Space, Orient Blackswan, published in 2010 for Contemporary South Asia, Volume 21, Issue 3

Non Academic Publications/Work