Sachil Singh

Associate Professor, Queen's University, Canada

Dr. Sachil Singh
Dr. Sachil Singh

Sachil is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa, where he is working on the SSHRC-funded 'Big Data Surveillance' project with Co-investigator, Professor Valerie Steeves. They are currently examining medical Point of Care (PoC) tools and algorithmic imaginings of race to see if algorithms extend the logics within PoC tools or constrain them. More generally, he is interested in the different ways in which social sorting performed by institutions influences the social (dis)advantages of citizens. His main interest in this relationship is in studies of credit scoring, digital consumption, race relations and health care. He has published on most of these topics in the Journal of Southern African Studies, Security Dialogue, and the Routledge Companion to Digital Consumption (London: Routledge).

Sachil completed his PhD in the Department of Sociology at Queen's University (2016). His dissertation, titled 'The Reproduction of Social Disadvantage in South Africa: mapping consumer credit scoring onto the ANC’s policy of "social transformation"', provides conceptual contributions to African Studies (social sorting and cumulative disadvantage), and a contextual contribution to Surveillance Studies (South Africa).

Sachil is also currently a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Queen's University, where he serves as an instructor for the Sociology of Globalization (SOCY 225). He may be contacted at


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