I am currently the associate director of research at the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford Univeristy, a research scholar in the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), and a faculty affiliate of the Center for African Studies.
I am a communication scholar whose research focuses on journalism, civil society, and digital technologies across Africa.
My most recent work explores Facebook’s initiatives to increase digital connectivity across the African continent. The project engages a range of debates about digital rights advocacy in the Global South, tech corporations’ investments in network infrastructures and in civil society, and the social and political impact of social media platforms beyond Euro-America.
My earlier research examined stereotypes in global news coverage of Africa through the analysis of media content and interviews with journalists in Kenya and South Africa. Emerging from this research, I founded the “Africa Stereotype Scanner” project, a digital tool designed to identify and address damaging stereotypes and implicit biases in writing about Africa.
My work has been published in various communication journals including the Journal of Communication; Media, Culture, Society; Journalism Studies; Communication, Culture, Critique; African Journalism Studies, Visual Communication and the International Journal of Communication.
At the Digital Civil Society Lab, I conceptualize and coordinate the Lab’s research agenda, and lead the Lab’s core scholarly programs, including our postdoctoral program, courses, and scholar workshops. In this role, I collaborates with internal and external stakeholders, including faculty, practitioners, students, and other university and community-based networks to promote a vibrant intellectual community around the Lab’s research goals.
Prior to joining this, I completed my PhD within the School of Media & Communication at the University of Leeds (UK), was a research associate on the “Media, Conflict & Democratisation” project at the University of Oxford , then worked as a lecturer in the Center for African Studies and a postdoc at the Digital Civil Society Lab, both at Stanford.