Parijat is broadly interested in how the interaction of technology, governance, and culture constitutes social organization.
He is currently investigating the introduction of new information and communications technologies as an occasion to shape political and economic arrangements in cities. The widespread push to ‘formalize’ economies in the Global South is of particular interest. Parijat’s fieldwork has taken him to Nairobi, one of the largest tech hubs on the continent and one of her most unequal cities. Closer to home, he is fascinated by historical and contemporary New York.
Parijat’s 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.
Before coming to Princeton, Parijat lived and worked for some time in Switzerland and Argentina. He earned his B.A. in Sociology and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.