Congratulations to Dr. Priya Kumar (@priyakumar613) on her appointment as a Senior Data Analyst with the Digital Inclusion Lab

Congratulations to Dr. Priya Kumar on her appointment as a Senior Data Analyst with the Digital Inclusion Lab, housed within the Centre for International Digital Policy at Global Affairs Canada(GAC). While we are sad that Dr. Kumar is moving to Ottawa, we are happy to announce that Dr. Kumar has also been appointed as a Research Fellow at the Social Media Lab(SML). The appointment is for a three-year term, renewable. It will allow Dr. Kumar to continue her collaboration with the Social Media Lab. As a SML Research Fellow, Dr. Kumar will continue to serve as a chair and co-organizer of the 2019 International Conference on Social Media & Society (#SMSociety |Toronto, Canada | July 19-21, 2019) and co-editor on the various publications associated with the conference. 

Prior to her appointment at GAC, Dr. Kumar 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. 

Dr. Kumar various appointments are a testament to her strength as a researcher and scholar. We wish her all the best in her new position with GAC. 

About Dr. Kumar: 
Dr. Kumar 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 her work, 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. 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. For more information about Dr. Kumar, visit her website at