About

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. I am also closely involved with the Global Media Studies Initiative (GMSI) here at Michigan.

I am advised by Prof. Aswin Punathambekar. Prof. Lisa Nakamura, Prof. Megan Ankerson, Prof. Sarah Murray, and Prof. Marwan Kraidy 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, forthcoming).

Research

My research is primarily focused on how technology and culture intertwine to transform what it means to do politics 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 algorithmic media.

Recent projects have examined:

  • the use of Photoshop to make claims about global standing in posters and banners during elections in Tamilnadu, India
  • the evolution of the online video industry in India and how imaginations of ‘data’ are reshaping cultural work
  • how a catchy film song can serve as a sonic cue for new modes of political participation

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

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

Teaching

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

  • COMM 101: The Mass Media (introductory course for freshman undergrads)
  • COMM 371: Media, Culture, and Society (upper-level writing course for juniors and seniors)
  • COMM 362: Digital Media Foundations (upper-level writing course focused on internet and new media)
  • COMM 271: Revolutions in Communication (introductory course focused on communications history)

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.

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.

Education

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.

Interests

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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