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Kiran Samuel

Graduate Research Assistant

Kiran Samuel is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and an affiliate researcher of SAFELab, both at Columbia University. She is also a member of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies.

She is interested in understanding how technological advancements in surveillance reconfigure the raced, gendered, and classed subject, especially through biometrics. She is currently exploring how the market and the state work together to ‘innovate’ through technology in ways that fetishize the ‘future,’ but often at the expense of marginalized communities. She earned her Masters from NYU’s Media, Culture, and Communication program and her Bachelors in Philosophy and Journalism from Rutgers University.

Before entering into academia, Kiran had a career as a creative strategist in the advertising industry specializing in social and digital media. Her clients included Google, YouTube, Sephora, and other companies-turned-subjects of her research.