I am an Assistant Professor at the International Institute for Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B). I specialize in ethnographic methods and analyses to study people and their social contexts around technology use and social media practices. My research approach combines the rigors of field immersion with observation and interview techniques to reveal insights about ‘technologies in practice’. As a person, I am forever curious about things as they are and attentive to possibilities of how they could be. I enjoy my work immensely and love being able to do what I like for a living. I spent the summer of 2016 as a public policy scholar at The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy studying rural broadband connectivity in India.
My academic journey includes a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (University of Pune), two master’s degree in Communication Studies and Defence and Strategic Studies (University of Pune), and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies (The University of Texas, Austin). In my endeavor to build interdisciplinary bridges, I have additionally benefited from enriching experiences in subjects ranging from gender studies and film appreciation to public policy and information science.
Prior to joining IIIT-B, I was a researcher with the Human Interactions group at Xerox Research Centre, India in Bangalore. My previous work experiences include a stint as a journalist with The Indian Express and later a position as a lecturer in Communication Studies at the University of Pune.
I can be reached on preeti [dot] mudliar [at] iiitb [dot] ac [dot] in or on LinkedIn