Parijat Chakrabarti

Parijat Chakrabarti

Parijat is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Princeton University and has been a Visiting Scholar at FSD Kenya since 2019. His dissertation research examines the ongoing reorganization of economic exchange at the global digital frontier and considers the social and cultural implications of such change. In analyzing how technologists work to migrate social interaction and exchange in Nairobi’s produce markets onto digital platforms and how market communities respond to these efforts, he shows how local practices of valuation and exchange, gendered market relations, and the character of market communities are molded in encounter with the global, and increasingly digital, economy. His previous research has explored the cultural dimension of the rise of farmers’ markets in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as conformity or deviance from group norms around belief in climate change. He has also published on mixed methods research using automated text analysis and, over multiple research projects, has helped collect and analyze data on pathways to job markets for university students in Uganda and Switzerland. Before entering graduate school, he lived and worked for some time in Switzerland and Argentina. Parijat holds a B.A. in both Sociology and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Sociology from Princeton University.

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