Ranjit Singh

PhD Candidate | Cornell University

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Cornell University. My dissertation project is centered on producing an ethnography of the legal, administrative, and technological challenges in the design, implementation, and use of India’s biometrics-based national identification project, Aadhaar.

I am particularly interested in elucidating the rapidly changing relationships between states and citizens as mediated by large scale and distributed information infrastructures. In the context of Aadhaar, such relationships at the intersection of biometrics-based technologies, law, and society illustrate the emergent challenges for governance through data.

Email: rps244 [at] cornell [dot] edu

Address: 420, Morrill Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853.

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Emeritus Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies

Research Interests: (1) The production and uses of evidence in science and law, (2) Ethnomethodology and conversational analysis, and (3) Social theory and philosophy of social science.

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Associate Professor in the Department of Information Science and Department of Science and Technology Studies

Research Interests: (1) Infrastructure, collaboration, and improvisation, (2) Breakdown, maintenance, and repair, and (3) Global computing.

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Goldwin Smith Professor of Science and Technology Studies

Research Interests: (1) The sociology of technology and how users engage with technology, (2) Sound studies and music, and in particular the development of musical instruments and sound objects, (3) Markets and the economy with specific attention to the study of selling and persuasion.

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