I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication and Media and Rackham Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. I was also closely involved with setting up the Global Media Studies Initiative (GMSI) at Michigan.

I am advised by Prof. Aswin Punathambekar.

Prof. Lisa Nakamura, Prof. Megan Ankerson, Prof. Christian Sandvig and Prof. Sarah Murray are members of my dissertation committee.

My work has appeared in journals like Television & New Media, International Journal of Communication and International Journal of Cultural Studies.I am also the co-author of an edited volume titled Global Digital Cultures: Perspectives from South Asia (University of Michigan Press, 2019) and I serve as an associate editor of the peer-reviewed journal BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies.


My research is primarily focused on how technology and culture intertwine to transform what it means to think and speak about the political today.

So far, I’ve attempted to answer this question by focusing on the circulation of various forms of political speech online and offline, and the implications of such circulation on the formation of new public cultures in South Asia. I’ve been particularly interested in cases that lie at the intersection of cultural politics, state-citizen relations, and digital/algorithmic media.

My work combines media and cultural studies, and science and technology studies (STS) approaches.

To see published work (peer-reviewed journal articles), click here.


As a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) at the University of Michigan, I’ve been on the teaching team for courses like:

  • COMM 306: Media and Globalization
  • COMM 101: The Mass Media
  • COMM 271: Revolutions in Communication
  • COMM 362: Digital Media Foundations
  • COMM 371: Media, Culture & Society

In Spring 2018, I designed and taught COMM 404/AMCULT 358: Global Digital Cultures, an upper-level seminar that was offered both by the Communication Studies and Digital Studies programs.

In Spring/ Summer 2020, I was a consultant to instructors in the Department of Communication and Media, helping them with their transition to remote/online teaching due to COVID-19.

At the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, I was the lead instructor for a course called ‘Web Design,’ and assisted faculty members teaching courses like ‘Research Skills,’ and ‘ICTs for Empowerment.’

Work Experience

Prior to joining the University of Michigan, I used to work with the School of Media and Cultural Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, where I led research, design, and development of two digital archives – ‘Remembering 1992‘ and ‘Mill Mumbai.’

Previously, I’ve worked with advertising agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, and McCann Erickson. I was also one of the first few employees of YourStory.com, an online platform for entrepreneurs and investors.


I hold a Bachelors degree in Mass Media from the University of Mumbai, and a Masters in Media and Cultural Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.


I am interested in technology, education, politics, clean energy, histories, cinema, music, news media, digital cultures, art, design, and poetry.

I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to collaborate, work together, or discuss an interesting project. You can email me at sriramm[at]umich[dot]edu.

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