Jillet Sarah Sam

PhD (University of Maryland, College Park)

Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Research Interests



  • PhD, Sociology, 2008-2014. University of Maryland, College Park (USA)
    PhD thesis title: Place and Caste Identification: Distanciation and Spatial Imaginaries on a caste-based social network. PhD thesis supervisor: George Ritzer
  • M.A., Sociology, 2007. University of Hyderabad.
  • B.A., Economics 2002. Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi.



  • Ray, Rajorshi, and Jillet Sarah Sam (2023). Off-platform Social Networks and Gig Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic in India.Journal of South Asian Development, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/09731741231191876 

  • Sam, Jillet, Rajorshi Ray and Anwesha Chakraborty. 2022. “Digital payments on the agenda: How Indian actor groups framed cash and digital payments during the COVID-19 pandemic” Asian Studies Review. (Forthcoming) 

  • Gomes, Brian and Jillet Sam. 2022. “Care systems for community-dwelling elderly Anglo-Indians: Evidence from two waves of the COVID-19 pandemic in Calcutta.” International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies. 21(2): 4-26 Link 

  • Sam, Jillet, Janaki Srinivasan and Anwesha Chakraborty. 2021. “Cashlessness in India: Vision, Policy and Practices.” Telecommunications Policy. 45(8):1-6 Link 

  • Sam, Jillet and Anwesha Chakraborty. 2019. “Sense-making of digital money among female peripheral agents: a short ethnographic study of informal workers in North India.” Sociologia del Lavoro. 154 : 60-78 Link 

  • Sam, Jillet. 2017. “Caste Diasporas beyond National Boundaries: Digital Caste Networks.” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. 16 (1-3): 145-159 Link 

  • Sam, Jillet. 2012.Globalization and Layered Spaces: The Case of Hitec City in India.” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. 11(4): 480-512 Link 

    • 2022: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Business Law, University of Bologna

    • 2020-2022: “Evolution of Consumer Behaviour: The Impact of Digitalization and Cryptocurrency upon Consumption Practices, a Comparative study between Italy and India.&rdquo

    • BANDO STRUTTURE Mobility Grant. (with Dr Piergiorgio Degli Esposti (PI), University of Bologna, Italy)
      Grant Amount- 20,000 Euros

Project Site

  • 2018-2019: Women and Monetary Digitzation in North India

  • FORMAS STINT Mobility Grant. (with Dr Anna Aberg (PI) and Dr Anwesha Chakraborty, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
    Grant Amount- 148,000 Swedish Krona

  • 2012: Summer Research Fellowship, University of Maryland College Park

  • 2008: Presidential Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Virginia (declined)


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