Janet Roitman is a Professor at RMIT University and founder-director of The Platform Economies Research Network.  She is also an executive member of the Digital Ethnography Research Center at RMIT and sits on the Council of Advisors for the Platform Cooperativism Consortium.   

Her research focuses on financial practices, the anthropology of value, and emergence forms of the political.  Her current work investigates financial technologies, the development of capital markets, and middle-class politics in Africa. This work assesses the role of fintech platforms in generating actionable data and new asset classes as the basis for emergent domestic capital markets in West Africa. 

She is the author of Fiscal Disobedience: An Anthropology of Economic Regulation in Central Africa (Princeton University Press) and Anti-Crisis (Duke University Press). Her research has received support from the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, Agence française du développement, the Institute for Public Knowledge, and The National Science Foundation.  She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cultural Economy and Cultural Anthropology; and on the advisory board of Finance & Society.  Before joining RMIT University, she was a University Professor at The New School in New York City. Prior to her tenure at The New School, she was a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and an instructor at Sciences-Po, Paris.