Hi! I’m Priya Kumar, and I’m a writer and researcher who explores how digital technology affects daily life. I’m a PhD student University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, where I study families, privacy, and social media use with Dr. Jessica Vitak. Recently, I worked on a project called Ranking Digital Rights, which evaluates global technology companies on their commitments to freedom of expression and privacy.
My research on parents and social media use has been mentioned on NPR, Buzzfeed, Slate, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Time, and the Brooklyn Quarterly. Previous research I conducted on foreign coverage in American media, published in the American Journalism Review, was nominated for a Mirror Award, the highest honor in media reporting.
I hold a master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI), where I designed my own curriculum in data storytelling. I also hold bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland in journalism and government & politics, as well as a minor in Spanish.
Follow me on Twitter @DearPriya.