Lilly Irani of the University of California, San Diego Wins Book Award

Lilly Irani, an associate professor of communication and science studies at the University of California, San Diego has been honored with the Outstanding Book Award by International Communication Association.

Dr. Irani was honored for her book Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India (Princeton University Press, 2019). The book was described as “a richly detailed, multi-year ethnography of the ways in which social entrepreneurship, design, and innovation work underscore national and global chains of value and power. The book marshals history and political economy around stories of everyday people who invested in impossible dreams.”

Dr. Irani joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego in 2013. She also serves as faculty in the Design Lab, Institute for Practical Ethics, and the program in Critical Gender Studies.

Dr. Irani holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University. She earned a Ph.D. in Informatics from the University of California, Irvine.

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