Broadly, I am interested in how the history of science intersects with law, sovereignty, and the so-called global south. I study scientific and technological practices at the root of theoretical questions about law, sovereignty, property, and security. In particular, I am interested in how transnational networks of expertise and governance shaped inequality, epistemology, and post-colonial order in encounters between the U.S. and the global south, especially Latin America, from the 20th century to present. This includes histories related to marginalized communities, mining, intellectual property, and U.S. governance of extraterritorial domains like outer space, airspace, the sea, Antarctica, and the environment.
I am also interested in how these histories inform contemporary legal, regulatory, and political problems. Furthermore, I maintain an interest in legal and historical questions about secularism, legal pluralism, shari‘a, and Islamic(ate) science.
Concurrently, I am a J.D. candidate at Columbia Law School, where I am an Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Previously, I obtained an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and a B.S. from Columbia Engineering, where I majored in Applied Physics and minored in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies.
I have published academic work in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law (forthcoming), Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly (Winner, Sacknoff Prize for Space History from the Society for the History of Technology), Comparative Islamic Studies, and The New York Review of Science Fiction. My essays have appeared in The New Inquiry (twice), Catapult, the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law’s The Bulletin, Media Diversified (reprinted in From the Lines of Dissent), Poet’s Country, and more.
I write fiction that converses with my historical and legal work. My debut book, Technologies of the Self (republished in The Fantasist), won the Driftless Prize. My short fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern (50th Issue), Analog Science Fiction and Fact (republished in Lightspeed), The Harvard Advocate, The Lifted Brow, Mithila Review, Skin Deep (Imagining 2043), and more. At Columbia, I co-founded The Muslim Protagonist, an annual literary conference for Muslim writers.
Prospective applicants, feel free to contact me with questions about studying history of science or legal history at Princeton or in general.