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Nafis Aziz Hasan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Curriculum Vitae

Nafis Aziz Hasan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CASI. His research examines the techno-politics of digital media, material politics of public institutions, and technological policies for governance with a regional focus on India. His Ph.D in sociocultural anthropology from UCLA addressed how profound changes introduced by digital technologies impact the information architecture, institutional knowledge and ethical commitments of public bureaucracy. To study these changes, he conducted ethnographic studies of large, long-term digital projects in public bureaucracies, applying theoretical concepts from political anthropology, science and technology studies, information, media and communication studies. 

Dr. Hasan's work has received a range of support including grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has also done work outside his dissertation on the policies and technologies of social identification and rights based legislation around public services. His work on Aadhaar in Tripura is forthcoming in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. Other work has appeared in Political and Legal Anthropology Review and Economic and Political Weekly. He also has a co-authored book entitled The Crises of the Informational Subject under review by the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. His research work is informed by diverse work experiences, including at the School of Policy and Governance at Azim Premji University, and the Center for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), both in Bangalore, India.