My doctoral research examines how digitalization of bureaucratic work affects the implementation of welfare provisions, people’s experience of citizenship, and documentation practices of the state in India. I focus on two broad, but interrelated questions: a) how are digital technologies, from management information systems to biometric identification technologies, embedded within the apparatus of government; and b) how does digitalization of bureaucratic work and documentary practices affect the state’s powers and functioning. In doing so, I would like to critically engage with the discourse on transparency, accountability, surveillance, privacy, corruption, and efficacy of digital technologies in promoting development. In a nutshell, I seek to illuminate how a digitally-mediated state is imagined, built, and enacted, and what does it mean to live in one.
I hold a B.A. in Journalism from University of Delhi, and an M.A. in Development Studies from Ambedkar University, Delhi. I worked between 2014-2017 as a public policy researcher studying various state welfare provisions for food security and health in India. Before coming to Stanford, I earned my second M.A. in Anthropology from Brandeis University.