Santa Clara University

Phone: 408-551-3223
Location: Victor B. and Julia Botto Vari Hall
Room number: Arts & Sciences 214
Courses taught:
Media and Social Movements (COMM 127A), Introduction to Global Media Studies (COMM 2GL), Qualitative Research Methods (COMM 111), Communication, Development and Social Change (COMM 183A)

Dr. Sreela Sarkar

Assistant Professor

B.A. in English Literature, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, 1997

M.A. in Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004

Ph.D. in Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2013

Sreela Sarkar joined Santa Clara University in 2013. Her ethnographic research studies the institutional and cultural politics of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) initiatives targeted at subaltern communities in urban India. Sarkar’s research critically examines public-private partnerships aimed at modernization and the influence of market-based discourses on corporate professionals who emerge as important development actors. Further, her work unpacks popular notions of the “digital divide” and “access” in the context of complex histories of religion, gender, class and caste. Sarkar is currently working on a book manuscript based on her research in India and a research project that traces a new class of “social enterprenuers” across India, United States, and South Africa. She has published articles in media studies and technology studies journals and has been part of research networks including the National Center for Digital Government and the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School.

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