I am an assistant professor in communication studies at the American University in Washington, D.C., and a faculty fellow at the Internet Governance Lab. My scholarship focuses on critical data studies, social media studies, global media and politics, and media sociology, and is underpinned by a normative commitment to social justice. My research has been featured in high-impact 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 JMCQ article was a finalist for the journal’s 2017 Outstanding Research Article of the Year Award. I have also won multiple top paper awards from various divisions of the International Communication Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication as well as an honorable mention at the 2018 ICA Journalism Studies Outstanding Dissertation Award.
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 also deliver public talks and lectures on data politics and conduct workshops on data analytics. I previously worked as a journalist in India, Middle East, England, and the United States, and continue to contribute commentaries and news analyses on current affairs to publications worldwide.