About

photoBroadly, my research investigates the cultural politics of high-tech work practices with a focus on how actors produce “innovation” cultures. I am an ethnographer of work trained to analyze interactional, organizational, and cultural dynamics as mediated by technology. I also draw on my training as a Computer Scientist and designer to develop novel technical, organizational systems for contexts I study. I specialize in the cultural politics of high-tech work in the context of global digitally-mediated economies, with a focus on the United States and India.

My book Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India (Princeton University Press, 2019) explains the history and politics of rendering development as a call to entrepreneurship, and the pull and contradictions of this call to sort a nation into innovators and their others. The book is the winner of the 2019 Diana Forsythe Prize. Listen to an interview about the book on Against the Grain (KPFA).

I also collaboratively design, build, and maintain software (Turkopticon, Dynamo) that intervenes, resists, or demonstrates alternatives to existing platforms. I sit on the AI Now Academic Council.

My work draws on and contributes to Communication, Science and Technology Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, and South Asia studies.

Ph.D. Informatics (Feminist Emphasis), UC Irvine
M.S. Computer Science (Human-Computer Interaction), Stanford University
B.S. Computer Science, Stanford University

I am part of the editorial collective of Public Culture. I serve on the editorial advisory boards of Design and Culture, New Technology, Work, and Employment, and Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. My research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Fellowship, Open Society Foundation, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and NSF Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems Program.