I am a Researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) and affiliate at the Center for the Study of Political Communication (Polkom) at the University of Oslo. I am also Head of Doctoral Fellows at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR).
My current research focuses on two projects. The first is looking at the role of female alt-right influencers as it relates to gender and online extremism. The second builds off of my doctoral work in tracing transnational online connections of the far right, particularly between Europe/North America and India.
My doctoral dissertation, entitled ‘Reconfiguring nationalism: Transnational entanglements of Hindutva and radical right ideology’, explored Indian diaspora supporters of Brexit and Trump in the UK and US. From January to April 2018, I was a VOX-Pol sponsored visiting researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. I was also a visiting scholar at New York University’s department of Media, Culture, and Communication from May to July 2018.
I received an MSc with Distinction in Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (Sociology) from the University of Bristol in 2015. My dissertation compared online propaganda of far right extremist and Islamist networks in the UK. Whilst at Bristol, I convened the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship postgraduate group.
My research builds on an undergraduate degree in postcolonial studies from the University of California, Berkeley (2014). With a regional focus on South Asia, my dissertation explored the representation of the Indian Muslim community, broadly through official government policy, and specifically through media portrayals of ghettoisation. Previously, I conducted an independent research project on an Indian regional far right political party and its history of electoral success.
At Berkeley, I helped establish the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research, overseeing communications and event planning for the Program in Critical Theory and Center for the Study of Religion. As an undergraduate, I spent a study abroad year at King’s College London funded by the U.S. Department of State.
I have worked with community organisations and the policy sector in the UK, having collaborated on projects funded by the Open Society Foundation, Aziz Foundation, British Council, and the Department for Communities and Local Government.