Payal Arora







Short bio:

Payal Arora is the author of several books including Dot Com Mantra: Social Computing in the Central Himalayas (Ashgate, 2010), The Leisure Commons: A Spatial History of Web 2.0 (Routledge, 2014; Winner of the EUR Fellowship Award), and Crossroads in New media, Identity & Law with co-authors W. de Been & M. Hildebrandt (forth, Palgrave). Her focus and expertise lies in the anthropology and sociology of new technologies, specifically the digital cultures and social practices in the global South. Her paper on digitization of information won the 2010 Best Paper Award in Social Informatics by the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). She sits on several boards including the Earth Institute’s Connect to Learn, The South Asian Media, Arts & Culture Research Center in University of North Texas, Young Erasmus, and The World Women Global Council in New York. She holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia University and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communication, Faculty of History, Culture and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.