Rianka Singh

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Communication & Media Studies at York University. I hold graduate appointments in York and Toronto Metropolitan’s Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture and in the Science and Technology Studies department at York.  

With Sarah Sharma, I am co-editor of Re-Understanding Media: Feminist Extensions of Marshall McLuhan (DUKE UP, 2022). I have also published my work in the Canadian Journal of Communication, Feminist Media StudiesFirst Monday and ADA

I am currently working on my monograph Platform Feminism and the Politics of Elevation. In it, I unpack the relationship platforms and feminist politics.  Platform Feminism addresses two key areas of investigation. First, I examine the history of elevated surfaces in order to discern how power has been mediated by platforms in various contexts through time. Second, I explore contemporary intersectional feminist activism that is organized around factors of care, safety and survival rather than the amplifying logics of the platform.



Sharma, Sarah and Rianka Singh. 2022. Re-Understanding Media: Feminist Extensions or Marshall McLuhan. Duke University Press.  

Book Chapters

Singh, Rianka and Sarah Banet-Weiser. “Sky High: Platforms and the Feminist Politics of Visibility.” (in Re-Understanding Media).

Peer Reviewed Publications

Singh, Rianka. 2021. “Rethinking Platform Power.” Canadian Journal of Communications

Singh, Rianka. 2020. “Resistance in a Minor Key: Care Survival and Convening on the Margins.” First Monday, 5, (4).

Dyer-Witherford, Nick, Kristy Milland, Lily Irani, Alessandro Gandini, and Rianka Singh. 2019. “Checking in on Log Out: Reflections on Platform Labour.” Notes From Below, 7.

Singh, Rianka and Sarah Sharma. 2019. “Platform Uncommons.” Feminist Media Studies.

Singh, Rianka. 2018. “Platform Feminism: Protest and the Politics of Spatial Organization.” ADA: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology, 14.

Shade, Leslie Regan and Rianka Singh. 2016. “‘Honestly, We’re Not Spying on Kids’: School Surveillance of Young People’s Social Media.” Social Media + Society, October-December 2016.

Other Writing 

Singh, Rianka.  2022. “H.O.R.S.E” Deep Horse Almanac, edited by Hazel Meyer. 

Singh, Rianka. 2021. “Curating Care: A CJC Playlist.” Canadian Journal of Communications

Singh, Rianka. 2016. “Awkward Politics: Technologies of Pop Feminist Activism by Carrie Smith-Prei and Maria Stehle.” The Monitor by the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, July/August.

“Books Aren’t Dead: Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism.” 2017. Interview by Rianka Singh with Christina Dunbar-Hester. Fembot Collective. August 2017. http://https://fembot.adanewmedia.org/blog/2017/08/05/books-arent-dead-low-power-people-pirates-protest-politics-fm-radio-activism/.