Education

Doctoral

PhD in Science and Technology Studies (STS).
Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University
To be completed by May 2019

Graduate

Research Masters in Cultures of Arts, Science, and Technology (CAST).
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
Completed in July 2011

Undergraduate

BTech in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
Completed in May 2007

Academic Appointments

Researcher
(Sep. 2011 - June 2012)

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIETY STUDIES, FACULTY OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY

I worked on the EU-project on Knowledge Brokerage for Environmentally Sustainable Sanitation in Europe (BESSE). It was a collaborative enterprise between research institutions in the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Italy. The scope of my work included studying the organizational culture of Water Board of Limburg (WBL) to examine how sustainability is conceptually enacted in their everyday work practices and the design of their Water Treatment Plants.

Supervisor: Wiebe Bijker

Research Engineer
(June 2007 - July 2008)

DHIRUBHAI AMBANI INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (DA-IICT)

I continued my work on Vaacha, a healthcare information visualization system of patients who came to the health camps organized by Bhasha, an NGO working on the study, documentation, and conservation of marginal languages in the tribal belt of Gujarat. The project focussed on creating ways to look at statistical indicators for quality of life indicators on such patients using maps and other representational methodologies.

Supervisor: Binita Desai

Publications

Ranjit Singh, Chris Hesselbein, Jessica Price and Michael Lynch, 'Getting “There” from the Ever-Changing “Here”: Following Digital Directions', in Janet Vertesi and David Ribes (eds.), A Field Guide to Digital STS (Princeton: Princeton University Press, Forthcoming).  

Ranjit Singh, 'Study the Imbrication: A Methodological Maxim to Follow the Multiple Lives of Data', in Lives of Data: Essays on Computational Culture in India (New Delhi: The Sarai Programme, Center for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Forthcoming).

Ranjit Singh, 'The Living Dead', 'Action at a Distance', and 'Whose Fault is it Anyway?', in Annie Sheng (ed.), Whispers from the Field: Ethnographic Poetry and Creative Prose (Ithaca: Cornell Council for the Arts, 2018), pp. 29-39.

Ranjit Singh and Steven J. Jackson, 'From Margins to Seams: Imbrication, Inclusion, and Torque in the Aadhaar Identification Project', in Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Denver: ACM, 2017), pp. 4776-4824.

Sandeep Bhardwaj and Ranjit Singh, 'Creating a Paradigm Shift for Educational Systems in India', in Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal—Annual Review, Vol. 2, no. 3 (2008), pp. 83-92.

Ranjit Singh and Ravi Kiran Atluri, 'Democracy and Policy Games: The New Information Panchayats', in Journal of Creative Communications, Vol. 2, no. 3 (2007), pp. 329-344.

Mohit Gupta and Ranjit Singh, 'Experience Management Framework for Managing Innovation in Post-Harvest Resource Management', in Proceedings of the 2006 IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology (Singapore: IEEE, 2006), pp. 375-379.

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

Small Grants Award [$9,000], Institute for the Social Sciences, Cornell University, Co-PI (Sep 2017 - Aug 2018)
Restoring Credit: How people Understand and Interact with Credit Scoring Systems.

Research Grant [₹200,000], Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, Co-PI (Jun 2017 - Dec 2018)
Life of a Tuple: Updating the National Register of Citizens in Assam.

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant [$14,257], National Science Foundation, Co-PI (Jun 2017 - May 2018)
The Practice of Registering Indian Citizens Using Biometric Information.

The Sheila Jasanoff Prize for Academic Excellence in Science Technology Studies for the best graduate student paper within the previous three semesters for 'Back to the Future: Situating the 'T' in 'STS'' (May 2015).

Honorable Mention in the competition for Gertrude Spencer Portfolio Award, given in recognition of excellence in the development of a portfolio of essays to both the instructor and the student in the course ‘Users and their Stories’ (Spring 2014).

Huygens Scholarship Programme (Sep 2009 - Aug 2011)
Awarded by Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC) to complete the CAST Research Masters at Maastricht University.

National Talent Search Examination (Jul 2000 - Jun 2002)
Organized by the by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), India.

Conference/Workshop Presentations

Ranjit Singh, 'Bureaucratic Trails of Citizenship: Updating the National Register of Citizens in Assam', in a Panel on Technologies of Mobility and Immobility: Ethnographies of Biometric Border Practices in a Changing World at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (San Jose: American Anthropology Association, 15 November 2018).

Ranjit Singh, ‘Seams that Matter in Approaches to Study Processes of Marginalization’, in a Workshop on Solidarity Across Borders at the 21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (New York: Association for Computing Machinery, 4 November 2018).  

Ranjit Singh, 'From Pipes to Platforms: Designing a Country-Scale Project', in a Panel on Coded citizenship. Biometrics, identity and de-socializing technologies in South Asia at the 25th European Conference on South Asian Studies (Paris: European Association for South Asian Studies, 24-27 July 2018).  

Ranjit Singh, 'Authentication trails of Body as Evidence: What counts as a confirmation of what?', in a Panel on Techno-Utopias of Identification: Comparing and Situating the Fantasy in Aadhaar at 4th LASSnet International Conference - Thinking with Evidence: Seeking Certainty, Making Truth (New Delhi: Law and Social Science Research Network, 10-12 December 2016).  

Ranjit Singh, 'Travelling Numbers: Tracing the Transformations of Aadhaar', in a Panel on Infrastructures, subjects, politics at 4S/EASST Conference - Science and technology by other means: Exploring collectives, spaces and futures (Barcelona: Society for Social Studies of Science/European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, 31 August - 3 September 2016).  

Ranjit Singh, 'When Data Becomes Scary: A Journey into and then out of the Field', at the Science Studies Reading Group Meeting (Ithaca: Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, 7 March 2016).

Ranjit Singh, 'Making up Aadhaar: Stories at the Intersection of Law, STS, and Public Values', in a Panel on Free Speech, Privacy, and Consent at The Act of Media: Workshop on Law, Media and Technology (New Delhi: The Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 8 January 2016).

Ranjit Singh, 'Back to the Future: Situating the ‘T’ in ‘STS’', at the Science Studies Reading Group Meeting (Ithaca: Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, 22 September 2014).  

Ranjit Singh, 'Testing for the Post-normal age: Investigating Scientific Risk Assessment in Bt Brinjal Controversy', at the Science Studies Reading Group Meeting (Ithaca: Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, 15 April 2013).  

Ranjit Singh, 'Deconstructing the Time-Travelling Identity', at the 5th International interdisciplinary conference on Philosophy of Computer Games (Athens: Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, 6-9 April 2011).  

Invited Talks/Guest Lectures

Ranjit Singh, 'Computers are the new Babus!' at 2018-2019 Colloquium, Brown Bag, Research Presentation Series (Troy: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 7 November 2018).

Ranjit Singh, 'Making up Aadhaar', Guest Lecture for a course taught by Harmony Siganporia on Imagining India: From Local to Global (Ahmedabad: MICA: The School of Ideas, 13 August 2016).

Ranjit Singh, 'The Stuff of Computing: Digital Materiality', Guest Lecture for a course taught by Malte Ziewitz on Computing Cultures (Ithaca: Cornell University, 14 April 2016).

Ranjit Singh, 'Where are the Missing Masses?', Guest Lecture for a course taught by Bidisha Chaudhuri and Janaki Srinivasan on Technology and Society (Bengaluru: The International Institute of Information Technology, 1 October 2015).

Ranjit Singh, 'The Triad of Users, Use and Technology', Guest Lecture for a course taught by Bidisha Chaudhuri and Janaki Srinivasan on Technology and Society (Bengaluru: The International Institute of Information Technology, 28 September 2015).

Ranjit Singh, 'Four Approaches in STS', Guest Lecture for a course taught by Bidisha Chaudhuri and Janaki Srinivasan on Technology and Society (Bengaluru: The International Institute of Information Technology, 20 August 2015).

Ranjit Singh, 'A ‘partial’ history of STS', Guest Lecture for a course taught by Bidisha Chaudhuri and Janaki Srinivasan on Technology and Society (Bengaluru: The International Institute of Information Technology, 17 August 2015).

Ranjit Singh, 'Aadhaar & its Stories', Guest Lecture for a course taught by Malte Ziewitz on Computing Cultures (Ithaca: Cornell University, 9 April 2015).

Ranjit Singh, 'Technology and Medical Care or How I learned to stop worrying and love technology!', Guest Lecture for a course taught by Christine Leuenberger on Sociology of Medicine (Ithaca: Cornell University, 3 November 2014).

[Keynote Speaker] Ranjit Singh, 'Back to the Future: Situating the 'T' in 'STS'', at the Workshop on Social Construction of Technology Coming of Age: New Challenges and Opportunities Ahead (Trondheim: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 3-5 June 2014).  

Ranjit Singh, 'Technology and Medical Care or How I learned to stop worrying and love technology!', Guest Lecture for a course taught by Christine Leuenberger on Sociology of Medicine (Ithaca: Cornell University, 7 April 2014).

Industry Appointments

Associate Consultant
(Nov. 2008 - July 2009)

INNOVATION AND DESIGN INSIGHTS DIVISION, MINDSCAPE, TECHNOPAK

Qualitative ethnographic consumer research in the domain for product, service and business development. My work involved end-to-end participation in consultancy projects starting from the initial proposal creation, stakeholder interviews, user-research to analysis and development of design insights and recommendations for clients. I conducted end-user research on diabetic patients, online/offline equity investors, oil and energy sector professionals, and technology entrepreneurs.

Mentors: Parameswaran Venkataraman and Samrat Nawle

Freelance Journalism
(Oct. 2007 - Aug. 2008)

DAILY NEWS AND ANALYSIS (DNA), AHMEDABAD

Extensive statistical research on trend stories for state elections in Gujarat, feature stories on the city of Ahmedabad, technology reporting, and design of page layouts.

Mentor: Shyam Parekh, Resident Editor, Daily News and Analysis (DNA), Ahmedabad

Research Appointments

Research Assistant

Malte Ziewitz

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Secondary research and support on design, recruitment, and qualitative interviews with volunteers working towards improving their credit score for the research study on Restoring Credit.

(Ongoing May 2017)

Michael Lynch

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Wiebe Bijker

MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY

Administrative support for publication of the edited volume on Vulnerability in Technological Cultures and the anniversary edition of The Social Construction of Technological Systems.

(Oct. 2009 - May 2012)

Shiv Visvanathan

DA-IICT, GUJARAT

Research on building a typology of innovation systems in India and administrative support for Prof. Visvanathan's courses, newspaper articles, and research papers.

(Jan. 2006 - Jun. 2008)

Research Intern
(Aug. - Nov. 2010)

ESRC GENOMICS NETWORK, EXETER & EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

Tracing the history of the development of Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG), I explored the challenges of practically achieving collaboration between diverse stakeholders in cancer research in the US. This collaboration was posed as a necessary condition in using caBIG for translational research enabled by biomedical informatics to maintain bench-to-bedside continuum.

Supervisor: Sabina Leonelli

Teaching Appointments

Instructor
(Fall 2013)

Users and their Stories

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Designed the syllabus and taught a first-year writing seminar on social studies of technology that focused on the practice of creating and using technological artifacts. Students were expected to critically examine how designers develop products and how the users negotiate with their ‘intended’ use during appropriation through a series of writing assignments. One of my students was awarded an honorable mention in the competition for Gertrude Spencer Portfolio Award, given in recognition of excellence in the development of a portfolio of essays to both the instructor and the student.

Teaching Assistant

What is Science?

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

This introductory course in STS focuses on how are science and technology are shaped by social context. Students are expected to think critically about what counts as scientific knowledge and why, and how science and technology intervene in the wider world.

Instructors: Stephen HilgartnerRebecca Slayton, and Trevor Pinch

(Fall 2018, Fall 2017 and Fall 2014)

Sociology of Medicine

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

This course provides an introduction to the ways in which medical practice, profession, and technology are embedded in society and culture by exploring the rise of medical sociology as a discipline, the professionalization of medicine, and medicalization as a process.

Instructor: Christine Leuenberger

(Spring 2014)

Info. Ethics, Law, & Policy

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

This course investigates the ethical, legal, and social foundations of contemporary information technology. Students are expected to analyze and engage with contemporary challenges ranging from privacy in big data, mobile computing and national security environments, to the nature of innovation, property, and collaboration in an increasingly networked world.

Instructor: Steven Jackson

(Spring 2017)

Computing Cultures

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

This course critically examines how computing technology and culture shape each other. Students are expected to identify how information technologies reproduce, reinforce, and rework historical trends, norms, and values. It examines the values embodied in the cultures of computing and considers alternative ways of imagining information technologies.

Instructor: Malte Ziewitz

(Spring 2015 and Spring 2016)

Knowledge and Criticism

MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY

This course focused on history of science from the middle ages to Renaissance and Enlightenment. Students examined some fundamental problems and choices that accompanied the rise of modern science during the Scientific Revolution and responses that enlightened-scientific worldviews evoked in the period of Romanticism.

Instructor: Geert Somsen

(Nov. - Dec. 2011)

Network Society

MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY

This course focused on contemporary sociological interpretations of society with a primary focus on Manuel Castells' concept of Network Society. It aimed at providing insight into the nature and background of ‘network society’, and offer basic introduction to history and sociology of technology.

Instructor: Anique Hommels

(Sep. - Oct. 2011)

Summer Institute

2018 Technology, Law & Society Summer Institute, University of California, Irvine (22-24 June 2018).

Selected Professional Activities

Participant, Poetics and Politics of Storytelling Reading Group Meetings (Ithaca: Institute for Comparative Modernities (ICM) Graduate Reading Group Grant, Cornell University, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019).

Co-organizer (along with Michelle Spektor), Panel with two sessions (1) Beyond Identification: Biometrics and Everyday Life and (2) Beyond Identification: Biometrics and the State at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) - STS (In)Sensibilities (Boston: Society for Social Studies of Science, 30 August - 2 September 2017)  

Participant, The iDev - Information and Development - Reading Group (iDev) Meetings (Ithaca: Department of Information Science, Cornell University, Spring and Summer 2017).

Organizer, Workshop on 'Making Stories: Dissertation as Parables' at the Northeast STS Graduate Student Conference - Making Do: Muddling Through to Dissertation (Troy: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 11-13 March 2016).  

Co-Organizer (along with Samir Passi), The Infrastructure Studies Reading Group (ISRG) Meetings (Ithaca: Collaboration between Departments of Science and Technology Studies and Information Science, Cornell University, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)

Co-organizer (along with Jessica Beth Polk), The Science Studies Reading Group (SSRG) Meetings (Ithaca: Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015).

Co-Organizer, The Northeast STS Graduate Student Conference (Ithaca: Cornell University, 7-9 March 2014).