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 2020 International Communication Association Outstanding Book Award and 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.