Reena Patel, Ph.D., is a feminist scholar whose research focuses on global labor relations with the area of study specific to India, and IT development. Her work has been published in Information Technologies and International Development (MIT Press) and ACME – An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies. She has also received awards for her work on women’s employment in the call center industry at both national and regional conferences such as the Association of American Geographers. Funding for her research was provided for by grants from the National Science Foundation, American Association of University Women, National Security Education Program, and Huston Endowment President's Excellence Scholarship.
Raised in Massachusetts, Reena is a first-generation American from an Indian family. Her parents emigrated from East Africa over 40 years ago. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Boston with a business degree, she went on to work in San Francisco and thereafter Hawaii. She then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana on an IT development project funded by USAID. This experience was pivotal to her decision to pursue a career in the Foreign Service.
After returning from Ghana, she decided to attend graduate school and completed an MS in Technology from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Geography from The University of Texas at Austin.
The book manuscript for her most recent project—Working the Night Shift: Women in India’s Call Center Industry—was published by Stanford University Press in March, 2010. And thanks to friends and family who took her in during the writing phase of this project, she spent 1.5 years living in Maui, Manhattan, Kauai, Phoenix, Chicago, St. Louis, Austin, Boston, Santa Barbara, and Hollywood.
Reena currently resides in Madrid, Spain and in her spare time, she loves to take road trips and eat tapas.