My scholarship focuses on contemporary capitalism and ways of working. I am particularly interested in how race and class are revisited and remade in sites of new economy work, such as coding and software economies. I investigate how post-genomic racial imaginaries inform popular conceptions of person, population, and proclivity. My book, called Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT workers in Berlin was published by Duke University Press in Autumn 2016. This book tells the story of short-term coders from India who sought work in Germany under a temporary visa program called the German Green Card. I investigate how their middle class aspirations both are made possible by and are stymied by the regimes of racialized labor that greet them as temporary programmers. My aim in this book is, in part, to re-materialize what has thusfar been called an immaterial economy. I have several new projects in the works, which look at: the politics of rumor and rage in India and the United States, emerging out of my ongoing interest in understanding the nodes where sentiments, uncertainty, and legal-technical infrastructures meet; transnationalisms and women's rights in India and the U.S. in the early 20th century; and ethics practices among technologists. Encoding Race Encoding class won the Diana Forsythe Prize for best book in the anthropology of work, technology, or science (including medicine) in 2017 and the International Convention for Asian Studies Best Book Award in 2019.
I received my B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.
- Amrute, Sareeta 2017. “Press One for POTUS, Two for the Bundeskanzler: Humor, Race, and Rematerialization in the Indian Tech Diaspora” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. 17(1): 327-352.
- Amrute, Sareeta Bipin. Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. Print.
- Amrute, Sareeta. "Go the Fuck to Sleep : Well-Being, Welfare, and the Ends of Capitalism in US Discourses on Infant Sleep." South Atlantic Quarterly 115.1 (2016): 125-48. Web.
- Amrute, Sareeta. "Moving Rape: Trafficking in the Violence of Postliberalization." Public Culture 27.2 76 (2015): 331-59. Web.
- Amrute, Sareeta. "Proprietary Freedoms in an IT Office: How Indian IT Workers Negotiate Code and Cultural Branding." Social Anthropology Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale 22.1 (2014): 101-17. Web.
- Amrute, Sareeta. "Where the World Ceases to Be Flat." India Review 10.3 (2011): 329-40. Web.
- Amrute, Sareeta. "The ‘New’ Non-Residents of India: A Short History of the NRI." A New India? Critical Reflections in the Long Twentieth Century(2010): 127-50. Web.
- Amrute, Sareeta. "Living and Praying in the Code: The Flexibility and Discipline of Indian Information Technology Workers (ITers) in a Global Economy." Anthropological Quarterly 83.3 (2010): 519-50. Web.
- Shapiro, Lily. (Re)Constructing the Body: Factory Accidents and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in South India. Diss. U of Washington. 2021.
- Zyskowski, Kathryn. Certifying India: Everyday Aspiration and Basic Computer Training in Hyderabad. Diss. U of Washington. 2018.
- Lee, Racquel. Innovation Bubbles: Digitizing, Diversifying, and Financializing Global Higher Education in China. Dissertation from the University of Washington