Devendra Potnis is an assistant professor at the School of Information Sciences. His research focuses on socioeconomic implications of IT for disadvantaged communities, small businesses in the US, microfinance, and electronic governance. His dissertation studied the role of cell phones in shaping information behavior of female cell phone users earning less than a dollar a day in rural India.
His article, “Cell Phone-enabled Empowerment of Women Earning Less Than $1 Per Day,” was published as the “featured online article” by the IEEE Technology & Society in Summer 2011. His scholarly work has also been published by Government Information Quarterly; Transforming Government: People, Process, and Policy Journal; Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, Enterprise Development and Microfinance; and International Journal of Information Studies.
His paper “Laggards or Victims of Socioeconomic Conditions? Findings from Ongoing Survey of Female Slum-dwellers Without Cell Phone Ownership” was recently accepted at the sixth International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance co-organized by the United Nations.
Potnis is the recipient of 2012 Faculty Enrichment Award at the School of Information Sciences.