Core Team


Sahana Udupa

Principal Investigator and Professor of Media Anthropology

Sahana Udupa is Professor of Media Anthropology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität LMU Munich and Principal Investigator of For Digital Dignity, Project ONLINERPOL.

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Salma Siddique


Postdoctoral Researcher

Salma Siddique is postdoctoral fellow at the ONLINERPOL project at the Ludwigs Maximilians University, Munich. Her doctoral research Between Bombay and Lahore: A partition history of cinema in South Asia was completed at the University of Westminster, London.

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Max Kramer


Postdoctoral Researcher

Max Kramer is currently working on a post-doctoral research project within ONLINERPOL at the Ludwigs Maximilians University, Munich. He has received training in Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Heidelberg, where he was awarded his Magister Artium.

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Vita Peacock


Humboldt Fellow (Independent Project)

Vita Peacock is a visiting Humboldt Fellow (2019) and a co-operation partner with For Digital Dignity, Project ONLINERPOL. She received her Ph.D in 2014 from University College London for an anthropological study of hierarchy in Germany’s Max Planck Society, and has since published a number of articles on this subject, one of which was awarded the Early Career Award by the European Association of Social Anthropologists.

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Zeynep Sarıaslan


Visiting Fellow (Independent Project)

K. Zeynep Sarıaslan is a visiting postdoctoral researcher at Project ONLINERPOL LMU Munich and the Leibniz-Centre for Modern Oriental Studies in Berlin.

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Laura Csuka


Scientific Research Assistant

Laura Csuka is a scientific research assistant at For Digital Dignity, Project ONLINERPOL. She has received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and is currently pursuing her M.A. in the same field.

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Miriam Homer


Scientific Research Assistant

Miriam Homer is a scientific research assistant at For Digital Dignity, Project ONLINERPOL. She has received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, where she is currently pursuing her M.A. in the same field.

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Mariana Arjona Soberón


Doctoral candidate (affiliated project)

Mariana Arjona Soberón, studied sociocultural anthropology at Yale University in the USA, followed by an interdisciplinary master’s degree in environmental sciences at the University of Cologne. She was born and raised in Mexico and has been touring the world through academia.

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Ilona Spalinger


Administrative Coordinator

Ilona Spalinger is the administrative coordinator at the office of Prof Udupa, and the key contact for administration related queries on Project ONLINERPOL and the Centre for Digital Dignity. She has six years of experience as a secretary at the Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology at the LMU, over ten in accounting and is a certified interpreter and translator in English, Spanish and French. Her interest in language has led her to work and live in various European cities, including Poole (England), Paris (France) and Salamanca (Spain).

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Ian Cook, For Digital Dignity, Project ONLINERPOL


Podcast Collaborator

Ian Cook runs the podcast at For Digital Dignity, Project ONLINERPOL. He is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society at the School of Public Policy at Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary.

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Pranav Ragupathy


Student Research Assistant

Pranav Ragupathy is currently pursuing his Masters in Data Science from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He previously completed a Bachelor’s in Computer Science & Entrepreneurial Leadership. A majority of his work experience has been in the field of Machine Learning and its closely related applications.

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Krishanu Bhargav


Memes Project Fellow

Krishanu Bhargav Neog is a Ph.D. student at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research looks into the question of the political ‘subject’ (and ‘subject’-formation) online through everyday techno-social and techno-cultural practices such as ‘lurking’ and circulation of memes.

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Revathi Konduru


Field Reserach Partner

Revathi Konduru is an independent research consultant with interest in political philosophy, anthropology of the State, systems of governance, urban development and public policy discourse in India. She has worked on a background policy paper for the ILO on circular migration between India-EU corridor, at National Institute of Advanced Studies.

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Neelabh Gupta


Field Research Partner

A graduate in Anthropology from University of Delhi, I am primarily interested in impact of digital technologies such as social media on Indian politics. I look at digital phenomenon such as memes and humorous trolling and try to understand how these spaces have come into mainstream politics, actively shaping it. Apart from research, I enjoy painting arabesque art motifs and archery.

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Field Research Partner

Sayan is a media practitioner, researcher and design enthusiast. He has made two documentaries as a part of the Master’s program he completed at the School of Media and Culture Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.

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Deeksha Rao


Field Research Partner

Deeksha M Rao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Mount Carmel College,Bengaluru and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. Her first transition from a pure science background to the world of policy started with a restless passion and a policy-engagement internship with Centre of Study of Science, Technology and Policy.

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Dorothy Lineer, For Digital Dignity, Project ONLINERPOL


Web Editor & Designer

Dorothy Lineer is Web Editor & Designer at For Digital Dignity, Project ONLINERPOL, managing the website and social media. She has several years of experience in digital communications and marketing in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

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LMU Munich Partner

Thomas Hanitzsch is Chair and Professor of Communication at LMU Munich where he is currently Research Director in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research. A former journalist, his teaching and research focuses on global journalism cultures, war coverage, celebrity news and comparative methodology.

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Frank Heidemann


LMU Munich Partner

Frank Heidemann is Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at LMU Munich. His research interests include visual anthropology, social aesthetics, the anthropology of the senses, postcolonial studies, political anthropology, and anthropological theory. He has regional interests in South India (especially Tamil Nadu, Nilgiris), the Andaman Islands, and Sri Lanka.

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Martin Soekefeld


LMU Munich Partner

Martin Soekefeld is Professor and Head of Department of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at LMU Munich. His research interests include the anthropology of politics, “natural” disasters, migration, diaspora and transnationalism, theory of identity, Islam, and Alevism.

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