Alka’s research focuses on the influence of Indian printed and painted cotton textiles on the growth of the British cotton industry in the 18th and 19th centuries, leading to the first Industrial Revolution. She is particularly interested in technological change and the role of imitation in the evolution of technology.
Alka holds a BA (Honours) and MA in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. She also holds an MSc Research (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics.
In addition to the themes related to her PhD thesis, Alka is also interested in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the global history of textiles, the impact of geography on economic growth, as well as industrialisation and the environment.
- First Industrial Revolution; British Cotton Industry; Technological Change; Evolution of Technology; Global History; Textile History
Thesis working title
- Learning from the muse: Indian cotton textiles and British industrialisation
- Professor Tirthankar Roy and Professor Joan Roses