Department of Politics and International Studies

Tanvi Kanchan

Key information

Department of Politics and International Studies Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Politics and International Studies
BMM (University of Mumbai), MA (SOAS), Ongoing PhD (SOAS)
Email address
Thesis title
Digital Decolonial Queerness: Assertions and Negotiations in Indian Women’s Online Communities
Internal Supervisors
Dr Awino Okech & Dr Sophie Chamas


I am a PhD candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, studying queer and trans women’s digital cultures in India. My research sits at the intersection of gender, sexuality, political economy, and digital media, with a focus on postcolonial articulations of queer sexuality. I am interested in the possibilities of radical queer assertions in online space(s), and the limits imposed on such possibilities by political economic configurations of social media platforms. I hold an MA in International Journalisms from SOAS and a BMM in Journalism from University of Mumbai. Currently, I am Co-Managing Editor for Issue 2 of the CHASE AHRC funded Digital Studies Collective (DiSCo) Journal, and I work as a tutor with The Brilliant Club. I have previously worked as a journalist and communications professional covering gender, sexuality, politics, music and culture, and digital technologies.

Research interests

Gender theory, queer theory, feminist theory and methodologies, media studies, postcolonial studies, decolonial studies, political economy studies, digital cultures, AI, internet governance and policy.