Currently, a PhD student at the University of Toronto affiliated with the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.


PhD Candidate, History of Science, Institute of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto (Current)

MA History of Science, Institute of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto (2015)

BA Specialist History; Minor History and Philosophy of Science, University of Toronto (2015)

Areas of Specialization       

South Asian Studies; History of Evolutionary Biology; Islam and Science; Science and Empire; Nineteenth Century British History; Global History of Science and Religion


“Darwinism and the History of Evolutionary Biology: What is Excluded?” in Beyond the Darwinian Revolution: Historicizing Evolution from the Past to the Present.  Edited by Ian Hesketh (Forthcoming)


“Aligarh’s Scientific Society: All But Forgotten” in Oxford of the East: Aligarh Muslim University (1920-2020). Edited by A.R Kidwai (Delhi: Viva Books), 258-274

“Studying the Qur’an: Neither Here nor There,” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (accepted for publication, December 2020)


  “Re-Examining Complexity: Sayyid Ahmad Khan’s Interpretation of ‘Science in Islam” in Rethinking History, Science and Religion: Exploring Complexity. Edited by Bernard Lightman (Pittsburg: University of Pittsburg Press), 50-64.


“Darwin or Design: Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan’s Views on Human Evolution” in The Cambridge Companion to Sayyid Ahmad Khan. Edited by Yasmin Saikia and Raisur Rahim. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 214-232.

Conference Presentations


  The Munsif in Delhi: Intellectual Communities and Vernacular Translations in 19th India,” Colonial Knowledges Conference. Manchester, UK

“Complexities Around Translating Scientific Knowledge in 19th Century British India,” British Society for the History of Science Global Histories Twitter ConferenceTwitter

“Decolonizing History of Evolutionary Biology: A Perspective from 19th Century India,” Cabinet of Natural History, Department of History and Philosophy of Science. Cambridge, UK


Session Organizer, “Science and its Local Readers in British India,” History of Science Society, Utrecht, Netherlands (July 2019)

“Translating Science: Sayyid Ahmad Khan’s Scientific Discourse in Print,” History of Science Society, Utrecht, Netherlands (July 2019)

“Moving from Complexity to Global Histories of Science and Religion” International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society, Birmingham, UK (July 2019)

“Darwin or Design? Examining Sayyid Ahmad Khan’s view of human evolution,” Workshop: Imagining the Darwinian Revolution, The Place of History in Science. International Society for Intellectual History, Queensland, Australia (June 2019)

“Disseminating Scientific Knowledge in Colonial India: The Origins of the Scientific Society of Aligarh (est. 1864)” British Society for the History of Science Post Graduate Conference, Cambridge, UK (April 2019)

 “A Case-study of Sayyid Ahmad Khan’s Commentary on the Holy Bible” McGill Institute for Islamic Studies Graduate Student Symposium, Montreal, Quebec (April 2019)


“Science, Islam and Colonial India: Exploring the Complexity Thesis in the Field of Science and Religion” – History of Science Society, Seattle Washington USA

“The Intersection of Christianity, Islam and Science in Colonial India” Science and Religion – Religion and Science – Friend or Foe or Unrelated? Zürich, CH


 “Islam’s Complexity – Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (1817-1898) and the Relationship Between Science and Islam in Colonial India” International Congress for the History of Science, Rio De Janeiro, BR

 “Sir Syed the nechari (naturalist)” History of Science in India Symposium, Christchurch NZ


“Discarded Perspectives of Darwinism: The Case of India” Binocular Conference, Toronto ON

(Select) Lectures and Workshop Activities


“Taqi ad-Din ibn Ma’ruf (1521-1585) and Tyco Brahe (1546-1601): Rethinking the History of Astronomy and Religion,” Lecture in HPS272: Science Against Religion? A Complex History


“Darwin in India: Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s perspective on Human Evolution” Lecture in HPS326: History of Science and Religion, Toronto ON


“Introduction to Darwinism” Lecture in HPS326: History of Science and Religion, Toronto ON

“Darwinism in Colonial India” IHPST Colloquialism, Toronto ON


“Psychoanalysis in Colonial India” Keynote address at HPSUS Almagest Journal launch, Toronto ON

Teaching Experience

2019    Teaching Assistant, HPS120H: How to Think About Science

 IHPST, University of Toronto

2018    Teaching Assistant, HPS100: Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (Online) IHPST, University of Toronto

2016    Teaching Assistant, HPS326H: History of Science and Religion

 IHPST, University of Toronto

2015    Teaching Assistant JHE353H: History of Evolutionary Biology

IHPST, University of Toronto

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

2019-2021        Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2020                Visiting Student, HPS Department, University of Cambridge

2019                 Doctoral Completion Award

2015         Woodsworth College Leadership Award

2014         J.R MacGillivray Fellowship (University College)

2014        Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award

2014        Innis College Leadership Award

2014       University College Merit Award

2013       University College Leadership Bursary


 2020                            Founder and Advisory Board Member, Virtual HistSTM

2020                            Content Director, BSHS Global Digital History of Science Festival

2020                            Member, Virtual Forum Committee (History of Science Society)

2020-2021                    Research Assistant: Pedagogical Innovation and Experimentation (PIE), U of T

2019-2021                    Diversity Officer for the Graduate and Early Career Caucus (HSS)

2016-2017                    Finance and University Governance Commissioner for the UTGSU

 2015-2016                    Course Organizer, “Indigenous Health Histories”


English: fluent in writing, speaking and reading

French: reading  (with dictionary)

Urdu: fluent in speaking and reading

Hindi: Fluent in speaking

Academic Affiliations

Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto

British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)

History of Science Society  (HSS)

Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS)


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