Jiya studies post-colonial South Asian history, with a focus on interpretations and experiences of disability, gender, sexuality, and non-normativity in post-independence India. She uses feminist and queer theory and oral history as key methodological tools in an effort to name and recognize the webs of power and marginalization that have been built into contemporary nations and societies. Her interests further include transnational, socio-cultural, and public history, and critical race theory.
At Princeton, she runs the Disability Studies Working Group and the South Asia Graduate Workshop. She also serves as the UMatter Graduate Fellow, developing programs and resources to help graduate students prevent and navigate power-based violence, substance abuse, and mental health concerns.
Jiya graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in 2017 with a degree in History and Political Science. Her senior work examined the development of Middlebury's first sexual harassment policy in 1984, tracing its legal, activist, and communal roots. At Middlebury, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society, awarded the Marci J. Stewart '72 Memorial Award by the Department of History, and given the Barbara J. Buchanan '62 Memorial Prize by the Dean of the College. Prior to Princeton, Jiya developed curricula and researched pedagogy on leadership and social impact and mentored college students on designing, writing, and implementing related projects.