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Assistant Professor
E397F Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-4446
Additional Title(s)
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence
Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
Ph.D, Information Studies, University of Maryland-College Park
M.S., Information, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
B.A., Journalism, University of Maryland-College Park
B.A., Government and Politics, University of Maryland-College Park
Research Interests

Dr. Priya Kumar studies how privacy and agency operate when everyday life is datafied. She draws on theories and qualitative methods from social computing, digital media studies, and science and technology studies to critically examine how certain kinds of technology use come to be treated as problematic, particularly in the context of childhood and parenting. Her research aims to shift digital technology discourse and design away from a focus on individual control and toward more networked understandings of privacy and agency.

Research Keywords
Privacy and agency
Digital childhood/parenting
Datafication/data power
Social media and platform hegemony
Critical computing/critical informatics
Post-qualitative research