Bio

I am an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at the American University in Washington, D.C., and a Faculty Fellow with the Internet Governance Lab. I am also an Associate Editor with the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. Read my CV for details.

My scholarship focuses on critical data studies, social computing, global media and politics, and media sociology, and is underpinned by a normative commitment to social justice. My research has been featured in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Information, Communication & Society; Social Science Computer Review; American Behavioral Scientist; The International Journal of Press/Politics; and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

My latest research looks at “big data” as a sociopolitical phenomenon, the interplay of emotion and cognition in digital discourses, and online identity construction as a technosocial process. I work with qualitative, quantitative, and computational methods of research — including machine learning, social network analysis, and sentiment analysis. I am also interested in advancing the methodology of communication research, especially mixed methods. I enjoy working on collaborative projects and have coauthored multiple journal articles and conference papers with colleagues and graduate students.

I teach doctoral and undergraduate courses on research methods, data science, and digital media and culture. I speak about data, politics and culture in the media and also deliver public talks and workshops on data analytics. I previously worked as a journalist, reporting from India, Middle East, England, and the United States.