I am a public health researcher working to build capacity for early detection and informed health-seeking in under-served communities, via the implementation of low-cost digital training modules and telepathology technology in last-mile settings.
I am trained in anthropology and demography, and have worked with health inequalities in marginal communities since 2011. My full CV can be read here.
My research interest lies in the construction of public health as a tool of continued colonial governance in the global south, congruent with the evolving narrative of international development. Using contemporary reproductive health-seeking behaviour in India as a lens, I focus on how certain historical processes — spanning anxieties of contagion, non-white population explosion, loss of imperial economic advantage, and civilisational defeat — have produced a neoliberal medial modernity that, when imposed upon multicultural postcolonies, transforms public health from a potential public good to a space for contesting ideologies of health, authority, biosecurity, and autonomy.
I am currently at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), where I work with health and communication technology engineers to establish telecommunication-enabled triaging for remote regions; use digital training tools to build capacity remotely amongst health workers, facilitating community-based early detection for common cancers and hypertension; and create culturally-connected content for community awareness on preventive health care.