Ranjodh Singh Dhaliwal

Ruth and Paul Idzik Collegiate Assistant Professor of Digital Scholarship and English
Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre; Affiliate, Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society; Affiliate, Notre Dame Initiative on Race and Resilience; Affiliate, Idzik Computing and Digital Technologies Program; Affiliate, Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center; Affiliate, the Program in History and Philosophy of Science

Ruth and Paul Idzik Collegiate Assistant Professor of Digital Scholarship and English
218 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-5064



Areas of study

  • American
  • Environmental
  • Postcolonial/Global
  • Science, Media, and Technology


Ph.D. in English with a designated emphasis in Science and Technology Studies from University of California, Davis
B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Indore

Research and teaching interests

Media Studies; Science and Technology Studies; Critical Theory; 20th- and 21st-century Art, Literature and Culture; Race, Labor and Political Economy; Game Studies; Science Fiction Studies; Critical Making.


Ranjodh Singh Dhaliwal is Ruth and Paul Idzik Collegiate Chair in Digital Scholarship and Assistant Professor of English and Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. He researches and teaches about the aesthetic and politico-economic entanglements of our technological cultures. His award-winning writing appears, or is forthcoming, in Critical Inquiry, Configurations, American Literature, and Design Issues, among other venues.

He holds a Ph.D. in English and STS from UC Davis and a B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Indore. He has also previously been a visiting fellow at the research Cluster “Media of Cooperation” in University of Siegen, Germany and a graduate student at the Universe of Chicago. His research—which is situated at the crossroads of media theory, science and technology studies, and literary criticism—has been supported by the University of California Humanities Research Institute, Linda Hall Library, and the Hagley Museum, among other institutions.

Professor Dhaliwal is currently working on a book project titled Rendering: A Political Diagrammatology of Computation, which asks 'what exactly is computing?' Illuminating the hard-coded political logics we take for granted in our contemporary digital cultures, his project shows how our cultural narratives, politico-economic formulations, and epistemic beliefs get crystallized into computational hardware and software architectures.

His other projects have found him researching the entanglements between data and narratives, popular discourses of the future in simulation video games, material and cultural histories of artificial intelligence, and new taxonomies of internet aesthetics. He is also engaged in several critical making projects, including a number of public-facing game design endeavours. More information about his work can be found at ranjodhdhaliwal.com.

Representative publications

"On Addressability, or What Even is Computation?" Critical Inquiry, Autumn 2022 49:1, 1-27
• Winner of the SLSA Bruns Essay Prize 2020
• Winner of the 2021 Graduate Writing Award from the Media, Science, and Technology Scholarly Interest Group of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies

"Playing with Oneself: Six Notes on Fantasies and Frustrations of Famous Footballers." EA Sports FIFA: Feeling the Game, edited by Raiford Guins, Henry Lowood, and Carlin Wing, Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, 2022, pp. 145–160.

"The Cyber-Homunculus: On Race and Labor in Plans for Computing." Configurations, 2022 30:4 (in production)

"Join the Fold: Video Games, Science Fiction, and the Refolding of Citizen Science" (with Colin Milburn, Katherine Buse, Melissa Wills, Raida Aldosari, Patrick Camarador, Justin Siegel, Seth Cooper, and Josh Aaron Miller) Design Issues, special issue on ‘Critical Game Design’ co-edited by Jim Malazita, Elizabeth LaPensée, and Casey O'Donnell, Fall 2022 (in production)

"What do we critique when we critique technology?" [Review Essay on Thomas S. Mullaney, Benjamin Peters, Mar Hicks, and Kavita Philip, Your Computer Is On Fire; Precarity Lab, Technoprecarious; Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Daniela Agostinho, Annie Ring, Catherine D’Ignazio and Kristin Veel, Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data] American Literature, special issue on Artificial Intelligence, co-edited by Rita Raley and Jennifer Rhee, Fall 2022 (in production)