Mitali Thakor studies sex work, sex trafficking, technology, and digital forensics. Mitali uses Feminist STS and critical race studies to explore the ways in which activists, computer scientists, lawyers, and law enforcement officials negotiate their relationships to anti-trafficking via emergent technologies and discourses of carceral control.
Mitali has interned with danah boyd on Microsoft Research's Human Trafficking Project, exploring how networked technologies influence patterns of online sex trafficking in the US. Prior to MIT, Mitali worked at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health piloting a mobile application for obtaining data on young adult sexual health in the Philippines. Mitali also previously worked with the Gujarat State AIDS Control Society and interned at the International Labor Organization in Bangkok. Mitali holds B.A. degrees in Feminist Studies and Anthropology from Stanford University.
sex work; trafficking; feminist STS; critical surveillance and crime studies; digital STS