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Priya Kumar

Research Fellow
EducationPhD, Global Diaspora Politics, SOAS University of London

Areas of Expertise:  Network analysis, digital qualitative research

Priya Kumar’s research work combines network analysis with digital qualitative research methods to study online cultures and behaviours, with a focus on exploring the dynamic interplay between digital media communication technologies and society at large. Her current research interests sit at the intersection of data feminism, digital diasporas, and online identity politics.

Prior to joining CERC Migration as Research Fellow on a part-time basis, Priya was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ryerson Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management, where she conducted research on violence against women on social media and worked on a SSHRC-funded research initiative to develop novel learning analytics for the social media age. Priya completed her PhD on global diaspora politics at SOAS, University of London. 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, Priya 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 was 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.

Recent publications

Boichak, O. and Kumar, P. (2021) Mapping the National Web: Spaces, Cultures, and Borders of Diasporic Mobilization in the Digital Age. In Global Networks.  (Forthcoming). 

Gruzd, A., Kumar, P., Abul-Fottouh, D., & Haythornthwaite, C. (2020). Coding and classifying knowledge exchange on social media: A comparative analysis of the# Twitterstorians and AskHistorians communities., external link Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 29(6), 629-656.

Kumar, P. (2018). Rerouting the Narrative: Mapping the Online Identity Politics of the Tamil and Palestinian Diaspora, external link. Social Media + Society.

Kumar, P., & Gruzd, A. (2019, January). PDF fileSocial Media for Informal Learning: A Case of# Twitterstorians., external link In Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.  

Kumar, P., Gruzd, A., & Mai, P. (2021). Mapping out Violence Against Women of Influence on Twitter Using the Cyber–Lifestyle Routine Activity Theory, external link, opens in new window. American Behavioral Scientist.