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© 2018 Devika Narayan


  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship at Charles Babbage Institute, UMN. 

  • Anna Welsch Bright Research Fellowship, UMN

  • International WaTERS Network fellowship.

  • MA, Professional and Doctoral Award by Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, UMN. 

  • Mini Grant, Institute of the Environment, UMN

  • Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) Fellowship, UMN. 


  • 2019 ASA Best Student Paper Award, Section: Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology.

Committee Comments: This fascinating paper pushes the current discussion on the digital economy beyond the focus on a small number of high-profile, digital firms such as Uber and Facebook and suggests that computing infrastructures and corporate logics are changing more broadly. Drawing on 15 months of fieldwork in India as well as an analysis of 110 in-depth interviews with employees, executives, managers, and other professionals in an off-shore IT industry, Narayan convincingly argues that the focus on new technological capabilities obscures the fact that there have been foundational changes in the organizational as well as distributional aspects of computing power, and that these changes require scholars to expand their theoretical understandings of platform capitalism and the new digital economy. Here, Narayan brings together computing studies and economic sociology in order to offer one way of conceptualizing a quickly changing and increasingly asset-light global economy. The CITAMS Best Student Paper Award Committee is pleased to recognize Devika Narayan’s paper, which the committee members agree was methodologically innovative, meticulously analyzed, and excellently written.

  • 2018 University of Minnesota, Outstanding Graduate Research Paper, Sociology.

  • 2011 University of Delhi, M.S.A. Rao. Memorial Medal for Academic Excellence in Research Methods.