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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

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on a recent survey of freelance workers at on-demand start-ups

Prof. Arun Sundararajan moderates a Congressional panel on the sharing economy

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on Airbnb's impact on housing in San Francisco

In an op-ed, Prof. Arun Sundararajan discusses the regulation of digital platforms

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on the rising popularity of communal living arrangements

Prof. Arun Sundararajan's research on the economic impact of the sharing economy is featured

NET Institute Conference on Network Economics

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on Google and Amazon's expansion into the home-services market

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on the trend of parents using Uber and Lyft to transport their kids

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on lawsuits against Uber

Google Faculty Research Award Granted to Professor Arun Sundararajan for Work on Sharing Economy

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on TaskRabbit offering perks to its freelance workforce

Prof. Arun Sundararajan is interviewed about his research on the sharing economy

Prof. Arun Sundararajan's research on how the sharing economy can benefit low-income consumers is featured

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on Google's first retail store

Prof. Arun Sundararajan's research on the sharing economy is featured

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on Apple's plans for new data centers in Europe

Prof. Arun Sundararajan's views on the sharing economy are highlighted

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on the future of employment

Prof. Arun Sundararajan on allowing Airbnb and Uber to self-regulate

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