Water; Information and Media; Development; Political Culture
UC Santa Barbara: Ph.D., Anthropology, 2016 (anticipated)
UCSB: M.A., Anthropology, 2010
Ohio State University: B.A., Anthropology and English, 2005
I am a cultural anthropologist whose research draws upon the anthropology of IT (its political economy and cultures of use), critical development studies, and media studies. My central research interests are water and the cultures surrounding its uses and symbology, development politics, and media reception in India. With my doctoral dissertation research, I examine national-scale media campaigns and information-sharing initiatives on water and sanitation
in order to understand evolving conceptions of social citizenship in India, especially the role of information and its dissemination technologies therein. My research combines an analysis of the larger field of national-scale messaging on water and sanitation made by NGO, unilateral, state, and corporate actors along with a more specific investigation on the participation of IT sector entrepreneurs and institutions in influencing national politics and refashioning popular conceptions of social citizenship through their information dissemination and philanthropic work on water in India.