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Seyram Avle [/ˈsɛi.rɑːm /ˈɑːv.lɛ] is Associate Professor of Global Digital Media in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is also an affiliate faculty in the Data Analytics and Computational Social Sciences program.


Dr Avle's research, funded by various institutions including the US National Science Foundation (NSF), focuses on digital technology cultures and innovation across parts of Africa, China, and the United States. This work primarily takes a critical approach towards understanding how digital technologies are made and used, as well as their implications for issues of labor, identity, and futures. 

She is a founding member of the Global Technology for Social Justice Lab (GloTech) and a board member at the Afro-Sino Center for International Relations. She is also a fellow at the International Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Ghana and was previously a visiting fellow at the Harvard Center for African Studies (2021-2022). In the fall of 2024, she will be a Global Fellow at the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study


Email: dr.avle [at] seyramavle [dot] com

*On sabbatical 2024-25

Some Media Mentions:

Do white founders in Africa have an easier time getting capital? (Quartz Africa) 

Huawei rides security concerns  (African Business Magazine) 

Inside Shenzhen's race to outdo Silicon Valley (MIT Tech Review)

The rise of Chinese tech in Africa (The China-Africa Project)

Rethinking innovation (Citi Trends) 


Youth & closing the innovation gap | Africa & Covid-19 

MSU Eye on Africa: Mapping contemporary (re)imaginations of a global Black diaspora


Harvard University Center for African Studies: Designing the south

SAIS-CARI: Reorienting tech transfer

Distribution Matters: Radio via mobiles in Ghana 


CHI 2016 talk: Design(ing) here and there

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