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 South Asian development, as well global AI economies.

My book Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India(forthcoming from Princeton University Press in March 2019) explains why politics and development translate into a call for innovation, with entrepreneurialism as its engine. A central concern of this book is how this regime sorts and values citizens as innovators, and how innovators’ others are valued or problematized through these processes.

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 Science and Technology Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, and South Asia studies. I draw on experiences as a Computer Scientist for 10 years as both as a source of research problems and a source of insight on how technical practices are shaped by hierarchies of value, gender, race, and the cultural and economic project called ‘modernity.’

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

My research has been funded by the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Fellowship, Open Society Foundation, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and NSF Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems Program.