Rohan Grover

PhD Candidate @ USC Annenberg · Los Angeles, CA

About Me

Hi, I'm Rohan! I'm a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC.

I study the politics of technology policy. Specifically, my dissertation project examines the sociotechnical construction of user consent in the emerging privacy tech industry, which develops standards for data privacy and, increasingly, AI governance. It is an ethnographic project that draws on science and technology studies, human-computer interaction, critical data studies, critical policy studies, and feminist and queer analysis of consent to unpack the politics of data governance and technology regulation in action.

I also have secondary interests in political communication, journalism, and Indian technopolitics. For example, I have explored microtargeting practices on Facebook Ads by political campaigns, how state actors digitally mediate citizenship and political participation by promoting open source platforms and internet shutdowns, and digital news organizations' economic and technological responses to platform power. Many of these projects are directly inspired by my prior work experience as a product manager, data analyst, and digital strategist for digital media or advocacy organizations such as HuffPost, MoveOn, Planned Parenthood, and Upworthy.

My work has been published in New Media & Society; Political Communication; Telecommunications Policy; Information, Communication & Society; The Information Society; and the Journal of Information Policy, and I have published archival conference proceedings at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) and the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR). My research has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation as well as academic associations across disciplines such as the International Communication Association (ICA), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the American Political Science Association (APSA). My work has also been recognized with the James R. Cleary Prize for Student Media Law and Policy Research and with two Top Student Paper Awards at ICA.

I hold a Master of Arts in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also affiliated with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) and the Global Internet Governance Network (GigaNet).

Please feel free to get in touch!