Dr. Kelkar is interested in the history and anthropology of computing, work, and expertise in the 20th century. Using the software infrastructures being built for Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs) as a lens, his dissertation shows ethnographically how computer scientists and their regime of expert knowledge are re-configuring notions of educational expertise.
2014 “The MOOC as Laboratory: The Implications of A/B Testing in Higher Education,” American Anthropologist, 116(4): 829-38. Part of the “Vital Topics” forum Anthropology in and of MOOCs. Editor: Graham Jones.