LINGUISTIC RIVALRIES: TAMIL MIGRANTS AND ANGLO-FRANCO CONFLICTS
My first monograph, Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts (Oxford University Press 2016), was awarded Honorable Mention for the Edward Sapir Book Prize by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology in 2017. (http://linguisticanthropology.org/about/prizes/) Focusing on Montréal’s Tamil diaspora from Tamil Nadu, India and Jaffna, Sri Lanka, this book examines the language politics and ideologies guiding the formation of minority communities in Québec. Through an in-depth study of heritage language schools, children's and youth's learning strategies, and printing in Tamil, French, and English, it discusses how colonial and post-colonial struggles between anglophone and francophone regimes contributed to the racialization of tamouls as "terrorists" and "thugs."
POLICE-CIVILIAN INTERACTIONS IN THE U.S. SOUTH
Working in collaboration with Dr. Sherina Feliciano-Santos (University of South Carolina), we are currently studying evidential forms and pathways of verbal and non-verbal de/escalation to evaluate how these impact police-civilian interactions in a mid-sized city in the U.S. South, where the implementation of body-worn camera policing protocols, legally required since 2015, is widely believed to reduce conflict and violence and ensure fairer legal outcomes.
THE LINGUA FRANCA OF CHRISTIAN MARITIME MINISTRIES
This ongoing research investigates the changing role of Christian and Catholic churches and maritime ministries in promoting or sanctioning multilingualism aboard cargo ships during the late modern era, focusing primarily on the analysis of narratives, digital communication, and face-to-face interactions in multi-ethnic crews of Asian seafarers.
TAMIL PRINTING ACROSS FRENCH SOCIETIES, 19TH CENTURY-PRESENT
This bibliographic project is concerned with documenting and analyzing the material and ideological conditions and social contexts in which printing in Tamil in French societies and colonies emerged and was then transformed by political and religious upheavals and rivalries in South Asia, Europe, and the Americas from the 19th century onward.