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Arun Sundararajan

Arun Sundararajan

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 8-93
New York, NY 10012

E-mail asundara@stern.nyu.edu
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Arun Sundararajan is Professor and NEC Faculty Fellow at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He also heads the Social Cities Initiative at NYU's Center for Urban Science+Progress, and is an affiliated faculty member at NYU's Center for Data Science. Professor Sundararajan's research program studies how digital technologies transform business and society. Some of his current and recent research focuses on the governance of digital spaces, collaborative consumption and the sharing economy, social media and cities, digital institutions, contagion in networks, privacy strategy, pricing in digital markets and managing online piracy. He has published in numerous scientific journals and has given more than 200 conference and invited presentations internationally. His research has been recognized by six Best Paper awards, been supported by organizations that include Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google and IBM, and recently profiled by trade publications that include The Atlantic, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, the Financial Times, Forbes, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Wall Street Journal. His op-eds and expert commentary have appeared in TIME Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Le Monde, El Pais, Wired, TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and Harvard Business Review, and on Al Jazeera, BBC News, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, Fox, NPR, PBS and a variety of non-English language TV networks. He has served as Director of NYU Stern's IS Doctoral Program since 2007, is one of the founders of the Workshop on Information in Networks, and is an advisor to OuiShare, the Center for Global Enterprise, the Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity, and the National League of Cities. He holds degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the University of Rochester. Follow him on Twitter @digitalarun

Research Interests

  • Platforms and Digital Governance
  • Collaborative and Sharing Economies
  • Contagion in Networks and Social Media
  • Digital Products and Markets
  • Data Science

Courses Taught

  • Business and Its Publics: Discourse
  • Calculus with Business Applications
  • Digital Economics
  • Microeconomics: Theory and Applications
  • Networks, Crowds and Markets

Academic Background

Ph.D., Business Administration
University of Rochester

M.S., Management Science
University of Rochester

B.Tech., Electrical Engineering
IIT, Madras

Related News & Research

In an op-ed, Professor Arun Sundararajan discusses the implications of the growing "gig economy" for workers

Professor Arun Sundararajan argues that workplace benefits should be decoupled from employment

The ‘gig economy’ is coming. What will it mean for work?

Professor Arun Sundararajan on Uber's battle with Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration

In an op-ed, Professor Arun Sundararajan points to ridesharing apps to help combat NYC traffic

If You Want to Reduce Traffic, Ridesharing Apps Hold Much Promise

Professor Arun Sundararajan on the political maneuvers of Uber

Professor Arun Sundararajan on Uber's contested growth in NYC

Professor Arun Sundararajan on the debate surrounding the sharing economy in the presidential election

Professor Arun Sundararajan on the potential consequences of classifying Uber drivers as employees

Professor Arun Sundararajan explains how TaskRabbit users can earn high wages

Professor Arun Sundararajan on the ridesharing service HopSkipDrive

Professor Arun Sundararajan explains the appeal of the sharing economy to millennials who seek a car-free lifestyle

Professor Arun Sundararajan on the employment status of workers in the sharing economy

In an op-ed, Professor Arun Sundararajan argues that governments need to adjust labor laws to protect "sharing economy" workers

A safety net fit for the sharing economy

Professor Arun Sundararajan on the future of Twitter

Professor Arun Sundararajan on the California Labor Commission's ruling that Uber drivers are employees rather than independent contractors

Professor Arun Sundararajan on the value of the sharing economy

In an op-ed, Professor Arun Sundararajan argues that Airbnb, with shared regulation, is an asset to cities

Areas of Expertise


  • Airbnb
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • TaskRabbit
  • Uber


  • Game Theory
  • Internet Economics
  • Sharing Economy


  • Digital
  • Information Technology

Information, Operations & Management Sciences

  • Digital Piracy
  • Internet Law
  • Privacy


  • Digital Marketing/Advertising
  • Pricing
  • Social Media


  • India