2021–2022 Faculty Fellow

Murali Shanmugavelan

Murali Shanmugavelan researches caste in media and communication studies and digital cultures. His PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London was focused on everyday communicative practices of caste. He has over 15 years of experience developing, managing and implementing projects focused on developing media and ICT policies and practice; outreach and strategic communications; and innovations in mobile applications in multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural settings.

Murali is currently working on the re-manifestation of caste and social hierarchies in digital cultures such as hate speech and platform economies. At Data & Society, Murali’s work will decolonise communication and technology studies from (anti)caste perspectives. His work will scrutinise everyday casteism on the Internet and develop actionable policy recommendations and build pedagogic content about caste in communications and technology studies.