Priya Kumar is currently working towards a doctorate in Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS London). Under the supervision of Dr. Fiona Adamson and Dr. Rahul Rao, her dissertation “Wireless Platforms and Borderless Grievances”, investigates the role of the web in the construction of diasporic identities. Between the virtual and physical, emphasis is placed on understanding the nature of contemporary community narratives in the context of transnational networked linkages. She is also a research associate for the E-diasporas Atlas Project (ICT-Migrations Research Program, Foundation de la Maison des Science de l’Homme, Telecom ParisTech), focusing on the exploration and interpretation of diasporas in the digital realm. She holds a Masters from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada. Priya’s current research interests include demographic trends associated with (im)migration, e-politics, social networking and the impact of viral videos.
Priya’s 2012 TEDxGoodenoughCollege talk became the basis of her newly published book chapter. Congratulations Priya!