I am a South Asian researcher, writer, and comics maker based in New York.
I have a PhD in English from Stony Brook University, where I drew my doctoral dissertation as a comic. "Drawing Unbelonging" was generously supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Society.
In both my creative and academic work, I focus on how comics can be utilized by scholars and artists alike in healthcare justice, in environmental humanities, in resisting disinformation, and in espousing an equitable future for all. My work has been published in The Washington Post, The Nib, Graphic Mundi’s Covid Chronicles, and Women Write About Comics, amongst others.
My book, This Beautiful, Ridiculous City, is slated to be published by Jonathan Cape/PRH in Fall 2024.
◦ Wrote for The Washington Post a third time! Another book review, this one is on The New Yorker cartoonist Navied Mahdavian’s graphic memoir “This Country." Read here.
◦ For The Washington Post, I made a comic on the world's most populous country and how climate change is affecting its food production. Co-reported with Ruby Mellen and edited by Hannah Good.
◦ My first ever byline in The Washington Post. Read it via a gift link here.
◦ My second book is now Publishers Marketplace official! Read the announcement here.
◦ I made a #dataviz comic about housing, wages, and art as work for The Nib, and it is available to read online!
◦ An excerpt on "Grief Time" from my forthcoming book Unbelonging, was published in ASAP.
◦ My comic "Breathless" was featured in The Nib. Read it here.
◦ I was awarded a Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for my doctoral dissertation "Drawing Unbelonging." You can read more about it here.
◦ I interviewed Meghan Parker about drawing and teaching comics for INKS: The Journal of Comics Studies Society. Read it here on Project Muse.
◦ In September 2020, I had the opportunity to be on a Small Press Expo panel (co-sponsored by ICAF) with cartoonists GB Tran and Erin Williams along with the brilliant Qiana Whitted and Jeanette Roan. You can watch it here.
◦ I wrote for 2020's Eisner winning journal of "Best Comics-Related Journalism" Women Write About Comics. You can here my two part essay here.