About Padmapriya Govindarajan

I'm Padmapriya Vidhya-Govindarajan, a PhD student at the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU Steinhardt. I study social movements, participatory media and political cultures in India, China and the Sino-Indian relationship. My recent interests include the experiences of digitality and mediation in postcolonial environmental justice movements, and I focus on coastlines in South India for my dissertation. Broadly, however, my research interests stretch across environmental media studies, anthropology of science, postcolonial science and technology studies, political theory and film cultures, and I'm an interdisciplinary and multi-methods scholar. I have a Master’s in China Studies (focus on IR and Politics) from the Yenching Academy of Peking University, and a Master’s in Development Studies from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. In the past, I have researched and written on political speech and its relationship to territoriality, lawyers’ movements for constitutional rights, urban informality and law as part of my academic study as well as outside of it. I conduct research in English, Tamil, Hindi and Chinese.

Padmapriya Vidhya-Govindarajan is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU Steinhardt. Her research interests lie at the intersection of environmental justice, digital and film cultures, and community media-use practices.

NBN Episodes hosted by Padmapriya:

Lilie Chouliaraki and Myria Georgiou, "The Digital Border: Migration, Technology, Power" (NYU Press, 2022)

October 17, 2022

The Digital Border

Lilie Chouliaraki and Myria Georgiou

How do digital technologies shape the experiences and meanings of migration? As the numbers of people fleeing war, poverty, and environmental disas…

Julie Sze, "Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger" (U California Press, 2020)

October 14, 2022

Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger

Julie Sze

“Let this book immerse you in the many worlds of environmental justice.”—Naomi Klein We are living in a precarious environmental and political mome…

Rafico Ruiz, "Slow Disturbance: Infrastructural Mediation on the Settler Colonial Resource Frontier" (Duke UP, 2021)

October 13, 2022

Slow Disturbance

Rafico Ruiz

From the late nineteenth through most of the twentieth century, the evangelical Protestant Grenfell Mission in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, crea…