graduate student researcher
Anirban Gupta-Nigam holds a PhD in Visual Studies from UC Irvine and manages UCHRI’s initiative on liberal arts literacies. His dissertation examined how foreclosures of environmental crises through the rhetorical and material production of frontiers sustain American modes of futurity, effecting—differentially—the lives of normative subjects and racialized others of the settler state. He has published work on invocations of blackness in infrastructure studies, the relational politics of (big) data, and corruption as a mode of governing unstable postcolonial media ecologies. Presently, he is preoccupied with a project on emotional reticence and inexpressivity as a response to inhabiting abstract systems.