Dr. Priya Kumar

Priya Kumar is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Social Media Lab, at Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada.

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Dr. Kumar works as part of the SSHRC-funded research initiative in the Lab to develop novel learning analytics for the social media age (Supervisor: Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd). One of the primary goals of this initiative is to devise new theoretical and technical solutions that will help educators and researchers to study formal and informal learning processes that occur in social media. She also contributes to other research initiatives at the Lab including the Social Media and Politics stream and serves as a member of the Coordination and Publications Team for the International Conference on Social Media & Society (#SMSociety).

Dr. Kumar recently completed her PhD in Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London under the supervision of Dr. Fiona Adamson and Dr. Rahul Rao. Her dissertation focused on global diaspora politics, studying online web-based representations of stateless diaspora communities, with regional emphasis on the Middle East and South Asia.

In 2017, Dr. Kumar was named a Digital Humanities Asia Fellow at Stanford University and completed a short-term residency funded by the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). She is also a member of the Paris based e-Diasporas Atlas project (Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme ICT Migrations program), first-runner up for best DH visualization/infographic for the Digital Humanities Awards 2012.

Dr. Kumar combines network analysis with digital qualitative research methods to study online identity politics, with a focus on exploring the dynamic interplay between digital media communication technologies, network actors and civil society.

Her current research interests include: online communities, informal learning processes, online hate speech/violence against women, (im)migration policy and diaspora politics.

Contact Information:

Dr. Kumar can be reached at p1kumar [at] ryerson.ca and on Twitter @link_priya