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Dr Rianka Roy


Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Wake Forest University, United States



Rianka Roy is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA. She studies high-skilled labor, migration, and labor movements through the lens of race and gender. Her additional research interests are in digital technology and media. In her most recent research, she has studied Indian tech workers' collective action in India and the US. She also looks into various issues related to high-skilled workers' and immigrants' families - more specifically, how children in high-skilled immigrant families participate in activism demanding access to citizenship.



  • Roy, Rianka, Bandana Purkayastha, and Elizabeth Chacko. 2024. “‘We Cannot Go There, They Cannot Come Here’: Dispersed Care, Asian Indian Immigrant Families, and the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Social Sciences 13(5): 252.
  • Purkayastha, Bandana, and Rianka Roy. 2023. “Hidden in Plain Sight: ‘Neutral’ Enclosures for High-Skilled Immigrants during COVID-19.” Sociological Forum 38(4): 1176–1197.
  • Roy, Rianka. 2022. “Immigrant Workers’ Movements in the US: Where are High-skilled ‘Nonimmigrants’?” Sociology Compass 16(6): e12985.


Migration, Labor and labor movements, Race, Gender, Technology, Digital Media, South Asia
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