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- PhD, UC Santa Barbara
- MA, UC Santa Barbara
- BA, University of British Columbia
areas of expertise
courses i teach
- Development & Globalization
- Globalization: Causes, Promises and Discontents
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My work is profiled here.
I earned my PhD in Sociology (Global Studies Emphasis) from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2008 and spent 2008-09 academic year as a Visiting Researcher at Orfalea Center for Global and Inter- national Studies at UC Santa Barbara. My research interests are in global sociology: global political economy, development, social change, political sociology and inequality. Working at the intersection of political economy and culture, I'm concerned with connecting larger systemic transformations of capitalism to global inequalities
My dissertation examined the recent globalization of service work - commonly referred to as outsourcing - as reflected in the call centers of Bangalore, India, and the impact on workers who perform this work. I argue that we are currently in a new phase of economic globalization characterized by the accelerated globalization of services. The earlier phase was based on the globalization of manufacturing while technology and services remained concentrated in core countries. In this new phase, the service sector is becoming subjected to the same reorganizational fragmentation, and geographical dispersal that took place in recent decades in manufacturing. This mode of integrating service workers in the global south into global production is resulting in novel race, class and gender inequalities.
In his future research, I'll continue my studies on the globalization of services. In another research project, drawing upon cases from Egypt and India, I'll be researching the impact of Chinese manufacturing exports on artisanal workers and cultural industries in southern countries.
My interest in global issues comes from my own personal biography of being born in India and having lived and pursued formal and informal education in a number of other countries - Bhutan, Egypt, Canada and the United States. I call Vancouver, Canada, home. I have traveled extensively in the Middle East, South and South East Asia and enjoy bringing my travels into the classroom.
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