Principal Researcher/Program Director, Race and Tech Fellowship

Sareeta Amrute

Sareeta Amrute studies the production of race and class in U.S. & E.U. programming economies, and that of financial good through data-centric technologies in India.

Sareeta Amrute is an anthropologist who studies race, labor, and class in global tech economies. She is currently investigating sensation and social movements in the Indian diaspora in a book project called Securing Dissent: Activism and Cryptography in the Indian Diaspora. She has received a fellowship from the Russell Sage Foundation to support this scholarship. Her recent book, Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin, is an account of the relationship between cognitive labor and embodiment, told through the stories of programmers from India who move within migration regimes and short-term coding projects in corporate settings.

Encoding Race, Encoding Class was awarded the 2017 Diana Forsythe Prize in the anthropology of science, technology, and medicine, conferred jointly by the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing and the Society for the Anthropology of Work, and the 2019 International Convention of Asian Studies Book Prize for the Social Sciences.

Sareeta is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington. She earned her PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago.