I am an assistant professor at the School of Information here at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I got my undergraduate degree in Commerce and Economics from Sydenham College, University of Mumbai (1996), and my master's (Information Systems, 2004) and doctoral degrees (City Planning, 2008) from the University of California at Berkeley. I worked as a research associate at the TASCHA group, and as a lecturer at the department of Computer Science at University of Washington (2008-2009). I was a visiting assistant professor at NYU-Poly (2010), and a visiting researcher at the RCAST Lab, at the University of Tokyo (2012) in their Barrier-Free Research group working on assistive technologies.
I am interested in a range of issues around technology and development. My current research is on issues around disability and social exclusion in low- and middle-income countries. In particular, I am interested in the use and development of assistive technology in the workplace in domains where the inclusion of people with disabilities is relatively recent. I am also interested in social research around the media portrayal of technology and technology users in popular cinema.
Pal, J. (2012). "The machine to aspire to: The computer in rural south India." First Monday 17(2-6).
Pal, J. and Lakshmanan, M. (2012) “The Culture of Workplace Visibility for People with Vision Impairments in Bangalore” ICIC ’12: Fourth International Conference on Intercultural Collaboration, May 23-24, 2012, Bangalore, India
Pal, J., Shah, M., Pradhan, M., Babu, R. "Assistive Technology for vision-impairments: An agenda for the ICT4D community", WWW2011, February 2011