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Koray Caliskan is a tenured Associate Professor of Strategic Design and Management at Parsons and Associate Editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy. He received his Ph.D. with distinction from NYU’s Politics Department, with which he won the Malcolm Kerr Social Science Award from MESA. His book Market Threads: How Cotton Farmers and Traders Create a Global Commodity came out from Princeton University Press and focused on global commodity markets. He is a co-founder of MaMame, a social innovation project bringing together cooperative and limited liability company in economizing under-represented women’s labor, which won the Entrepreneurship of the Year Award in 2017 from Microsoft Turkey. He directed, produced and wrote man award-winning fiction and documentary films, including Esma, shown at Cannes Film Festival. He is the co-founder of the strategic design studio, The Wrong Department, with practices in London and NYC. His last research project on cryptocurrencies and blockchains was selected to be a winner of the Scientific Breakthrough of the Year Award of 2021 in Social Sciences by the Falling Walls Foundation, Berlin. His book, based on this research, Data Money: Inside Cryptocurrencies and their Communities, Blockchains and Markets is published from Columbia University Press in August 2023. Currently, on an ESRC collaborative grant, he is carrying out research on the economic sociology of digital advertisements.

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