Andrew W.Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities and Dept. of Anthropology, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, 2010-2012
Ph.D., Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010-2012
Doctoral Dissertation: 1-800 Worlds: Embodiment and experience in the Indian call center economy
M.A., Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006
Masters in Communications (PGDC), Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, India, 2001
Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com), University of Pune, India
Areas of Interest:
Anthropology of Work, Globalization, Virtuality, Affective labor, Gender and Work, Media studies, South Asia
2012 1-800 Worlds: The Making of Indian Middle-classness (Under review)
2011 Furtive tongues: Examining the language politics of Indian call center workers. In Chutnefying English: The Cultural Politics of Hinglish. In Snell, Rupert and Rita Kothari (eds.); pp. 82-97. Penguin: India.
2009 1-800 Worlds: Embodiment and Experience in the Indian Call Center Economy. In Section News, Society for the Anthropology of Work, Angela Jancius (ed.). Anthropology News; 50(5), pp.42-63.
2005 Rebels or Resources: A Study of Identity Management in Indian Call Centers. Anthropology of Work Review; 25 (3-4), pp. 9-18.
2011 Appropriately Indian: Gender and Culture in a New Transnational Class. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2011. Anthropology of Work Review, September 2011, 32(2), pp. 117-119.
2009 Living Our Religions: Hindu and Muslim South Asian American Women Narrate Their Experience. Narayan, Anjana and Bandana Purkayastha (eds.). Virginia: Kumarian Press, 2009. Journal of South Asian Diaspora, September 2009, 1(2), pp. 193-95.
2008 Global "Body Shopping": An Indian Labor System in the Information Technology Industry. Biao, Xiang. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. American Ethnologist, August 2008, 35(3), pp. 3017-3021.
2005 The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons, and Avon Ladies in the Global City. Wilson, Ara. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. Anthropology of Work Review, Fall 2005; 26(2), pp. 38-40.
Filed Research and Support:
2004-08 Pune, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore; India
2004-05 Liberal Arts Graduate Research Fellowship, UT Austin
2005-06 Meyerson Research Grant; South Asia Institute, UT Austin
2006-07 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant
2007-08 American Association of University Women International Dissertation Fellowship
2010-2012 Andrew W.Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Spring 2012: Feminism: Concepts and Theories, Urban Studies and Development
The University of Wisconsin, Madison
Fall 2011:Hypermodern Cities
Spring 2011 and 2012: How We Became Global: Narratives and Theories
Fall 2010: Globalization and Work in Modern South Asia
The University of Texas at Austin (Assistant Instructor):
Fall 2009 and Spring 2008: Introduction to India
The University of Texas at Austin (Teaching Assistant):
Fall 2009: Expressive Culture
Spring 2008: Introduction to Cultural Studies
Selected Panel Presentations and Lectures:
2011 How to do things with Bits and Bytes, Media Morphologies: Infrastructures and Technologies in Art, Cinema and Popular Culture, September 1-2 2011, De Nieuwe Oogst Rotterdam.
2011 The Management of Sleep, Panel – The Laboring Body in the Global Economy, Association for Asian Studies and International Convention for Asia Scholars Joint Conference, March 31-April 3, 2011, Honolulu, Hawaii
2010 Waking Life/Working Life: The Sleepless Subjects of the Indian Call Center, Panel – A World of Manners, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Nov 17-21, 2010, New Orleans, LA.
2009 We are family: Relocating kinship in the Indian call center, Panel Organizer - The fictions of kinship: Relatedness, mobility and global capital, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Dec 2-6, 2009, Philadelphia, PA.
2009 Furtive tongues: Examining the language politics of Indian call center workers, Chutnefying English. Interdisciplinary conference on language usage in urban India; January 10-11, 2009; Mumbai, India; Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad.
2008 Just another job: Flexibility and transnationality in the Indian call center economy, Panel Organizer and Chair – People in motion, things in motion: Tales of transnational work, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Nov 19-23, 2008, San Francisco, CA.
2007 Tales of Wayward Subjects: Understanding attrition in the Indian call center economy, Third Workshop of Young Scholars from the Global South, November 4-9, 2007, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva.
2004 Outsourced Identities - The Fragmentations of the Cross-Border Economy Society for the Anthropology of Work Annual Meeting, Nov 17-21, 2004, San Francisco, CA
2011 How to do things with bits and bytes The Institute for Research in the Humanities, The University of Wisconsin-Madison; October 31, 2011
2011 Waking Life/ Working Life: The Sleepless Subjects of the Indian Call Center Economy, Center for South Asia Studies, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 5, 2010
2008 Trespassers will be recruited: Recruitment and Reluctance in the Indian call center economy, Cultural Studies Colloquium. Dept. of Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin, October 27, 2008.
2008 New Technologies, Old Divides: The political economy of technology and outsourcing, CSL Colloquium. Palo Alto Research Center, September 25, 2008.
2016 IIT Madras Young Faculty Recognition Award.
2009 Andrew Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship - alternate.
2008 University Endowed Dissertation Writing Fellowship; UT Austin.
2007 Professional Development Awards; Office of Graduate Studies, UT Austin.
2003-04 University Pre-Emptive Fellowship; UT Austin.
Jan – May 2009 Graduate Research Assistant, Hindi Urdu Flagship Institute, UT Austin
Recruitment and communication strategy
Research projects on pedagogy for language teaching
Jan – Apr 2007 Communications Trainer, Wipro BPO; Pune, India
Communications and cultural training for call center agents
New business development
Jul 2005 – Aug 2006 Research Associate, South Asia Institute, The University of Texas at Austin
Grant writer – Title VI Federal Grant for South Asia
Primary faculty liaison and organizer for symposia, conferences and lectures
Jun 2001 – Mar 2004 Communications Consultant and Project Manager, Elephant Design Pvt. Ltd, Pune, India
New Business Development and Corporate Communication