Kiran Samuel

Kiran Samuel

Research Interests


Kiran Samuel is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests lie at the intersection of critical digital studies, cultural studies, media studies, and science and technology studies. She is particularly interested in understanding how technology shapes material conditions for marginalized communities, as well as how those communities might use new media to achieve alternative futures. Before coming to Columbia University, Kiran worked as a creative strategist in the advertising industry, with clients including Google, YouTube, and other companies turned subjects of her research.


  • MA, New York University, Media, Culture, and Communication
  • BA, Rutgers University, Journalism & Philosophy