Square.jpgI am a historian of Modern Imperial Britain, and I research migration, citizenship, and the welfare state in the twentieth century. My book on how the welfare state shaped British multiculturalism will be published by Oxford University Press. I have published book chapters on late imperial colonial development and welfare services for Asian women. I also wrote "Performing Multiculturalism: The Commonwealth Arts Festival of 1965" for The Journal of British Studies and co-edited a thematic issue of Twentieth Century British History on Race and Twentieth Century British History. My essay for the collection examined the history of male youth dependants from South Asia in order to consider the position of South Asians in British racial formation.


HOV---Cover.jpgI am also interested in sharing my scholarship with the public. My co-written Imperialism: A Syllabus will soon by an introductory volume published by Columbia University Press. I have also written about Enoch Powell's 1968 Rivers of Blood speech and the imperial origins of anti-immigrant sentiment in Britain as well as on teaching imperial history in multi-racial classrooms. My first children's book, Hear Our Voices, was published by Quarto Books in October, 2023.


I received my PhD in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley, and I joined the Reed faculty in 2014. At Reed, I offer courses in British, Imperial, and twentieth century history, I teach in the college’s interdisciplinary Humanities Program, and I chair the program in Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies.