I’m a media researcher with a background in anthropology, and my work is focused on digital media and social processes. In particular, I work on social processes related to spatial mobility, community-formation, and emotional experience. I’ve conducted research in multiple countries on how people experience migration and how digital technologies shape these experiences on an everyday basis. In doing that, I’ve become particularly interested in how emotions, care, and sensory experiences are mediated through digital platforms.
I received my PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology in 2015 from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and my doctoral project formed the basis for my recent book. It’s an ethnographic investigation of how web usage practices shape belonging among second-generation Iranian Americans in Los Angeles. It engages with questions of collective memory, racialization, and transnational connections for this diaspora group.
I’ve also worked as a Postdoctoral researcher on the ERC Consolidator project, ‘Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging,‘ based at the Media and Culture Studies Department of Utrecht University. And I’ve taught in Bachelors and Masters programs across disciplines at the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, and Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
I’m currently teaching Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam and doing research within a Horizon 2020 project on how the contemporary media landscape influences public trust in scientific expertise. I’m especially interested in understanding how platforms shape people’s emotional experiences with knowledge-based discussion of climate change.
The content of this site only covers a period starting March, 2016. For a complete list of publications and/or full CV please email me at d.alinejad @ gmail.com.
I sometimes tweet things @DonyaAlinejad