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 (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.

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

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.