Donya Alinejad is interested in digital platforms and social media, particularly their everyday usage in contexts of plurality and difference. Her work has focused on how platforms mediate emotional facets of experience, including feelings of intimacy, trust, and belonging. Her research has primarily explored these issues in relation to migration, diaspora, transnationalism, and multicultural diversity. Her PhD is in social and cultural anthropology (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and drew on her fieldwork investigating the role of web media in cultural identity formation among young Iranian Americans in Los Angeles. She has previously worked as a postdoc researcher on the ERC Consolidator project, Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora, and Belonging.