photoBroadly, my research investigates the cultural politics of high-tech work practices with a focus on how actors produce “innovation” cultures. I work on these questions through two sites: entrepreneurial development efforts in India and the Amazon data processing outsourcing site Mechanical Turk.

My book Innovators and their Others: Entrepreneurial Citizenship in Indian Development (under contract with Princeton University Press) 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.

My work draws on and contributes to Science and Technology Studies, HCI, 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 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, NSF Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems, and a Intel People and Practices@UCI Research Grant.