Ninad is a historian of Modern South Asia, and a doctoral candidate in the Department of History. His research is primarily concerned with intellectual and cultural histories of progressive political movements in colonial India, as well as the career of so-called "Western" ideas in colonial Indian society.
His dissertation project, titled The Bombay Radicals: Mass Politics in Colonial India, 1920-1950, is an intellectual history of radical politics in Bombay between 1920-50 that charts the emergence of a new idea of mass politics in colonial India through the activities of the Left working in Bombay’s militant working class. The project builds on his interests in politics and the Left with his professional training in Urban Planning and Urban history.
His research and teaching interests include the history of Marxism and the Left, the history of development, liberalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries England and India, urban history and urbanization, historiography, digital humanities, global Development Agencies, international aid and Modernization Theory.
Ninad graduated with a degree in Architecture from Mumbai University, and holds a professional Master of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009. He also received an M.A. in History from Princeton in 2011.
He has received several fellowships and awards, including Princeton's Graduate Fellowship, PIIRS summer fellowships, and most recently, the PIIRS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. At MIT, he was awarded for his Outstanding Contribution to the intellectual life of the department.