Dr. Payal Arora

Payal Arora is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her expertise lies in social informatics, digital cultures, new media geographies, and ICT4D. She has research and consulting experience in both the private and public sector including with The Kellogg Foundation, World Bank, Hewlett Packard, and the National Health Foundation. She has been invited to speak by diverse and international organizations including Shell, GE, The Ministry of Education in Jordan, Sothebys, and the Beirut Chamber of Commerce. She is the author of Dot Com Mantra: Social Computing in the Central Himalayas (Ashgate, 2010) on Internet usage in rural India and her second book,  The Leisure Commons: A Spatial History of Web 2.0 (Routlege, 2014) investigates the politics of digital leisure networks through a transnational and historical lens. She earned her doctorate in Language, Literacy and Technology from Columbia University in New York City, a Masters in International Policy from Harvard University, and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Cambridge.