Carol Upadhya is interested in theoretical and historical anthropology; economic development and social change in India; globalisation; entrepreneurship; middle class. She has widely published and also made three ethnographic films ‘Coding Culture: Bangalore's Software Industry’ in collaboration with Gautam Sonti (NIAS-IDPAD project 2006).
With A.R.Vasavi she edited the revealing study ‘”In an Outpost of the Global Economy: Work and Workers in India's Information Technology Industry” (New Delhi: Routledge, 2008).
In 1988 Upadhya obtained a Ph.D. in social-cultural anthropology from Yale University. She was Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, 2002-2003, Reader in Sociology, Department of Post-Graduate Studies and Research, S.N.D.T. Women's University, Mumbai, 1997-2001 and Editorial Consultant for Economic and Political Weekly, Mumbai, 1994 - 1996.
With Mario Rutten she edited the volume “Small Business Entrepreneurs in Asia and Europe: Towards a Comparative Perspective” (New Delhi: Sage Publications 1997).
Carol Upadhya grew up in the Unites States of America and lived most of her adult live in India, where she married and raised her family.