I am a PhD student 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.


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.


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 for juniors and seniors)

In the Winter term (Jan – Apr 2018), I am on the teaching team of COMM 271: Communication Revolutions. In the Spring term (May – Jun 2018), I’ll be teaching COMM 404: Global Digital Cultures, a course that I’m designing.

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.