Zahid R. Chaudhary specializes in postcolonial studies, visual culture, and critical theory. His first book, Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India, provides a historical and philosophical account of early photography in India, analyzing how aesthetic experiments in colonial photographic practice shed light on the changing nature of perception and notions of truth, memory, and embodiment. His current book project, Mimetic Acts: The Play of Difference in Late Modernity, analyzes how medium specificity conditions the notions of historical difference emerging across contemporary postcolonial fiction, film, and architecture. He has also published articles in differences, Cultural Critique, South Asia, and Camera Obscura. He has reviewed books for Journal of British Studies, CLIO, and Interventions.