Professor of Communication & Science Studies
University of California







Lilly Irani is an Assistant Professor of Communication & Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Irani also serves as faculty in the Design Lab, Institute for Practical Ethics, the program in Critical Gender Studies, and the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute. She is author of Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India (Princeton University Press, 2019). Her research examines the cultural politics of high-tech work and the counter-practices they generate, as both an ethnographer, a designer, and a former technology worker. She is a co-founder and maintainer of digital labor activism tool Turkopticon. Her work has appeared at ACM SIGCHI, New Media & Society, Science, Technology & Human Values, South Atlantic Quarterly, and other venues. She has a Ph.D. in Informatics from University of California, Irvine.

Her work draws on and contributes to Science and Technology Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, and South Asia studies. She draws 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”. She is an ethnographer of work trained to analyze interactional, organizational, and cultural dynamics as mediated by technology. She specializes in the cultural politics of high-tech work in the context of South Asian development, as well global AI economies.

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