RESEARCH 

I study the situated practices and discourses of digital technology culture and innovation. This work focuses on how digital technologies are designed, produced, distributed, and used in various contexts across parts of Africa, China, and the United States. I take a primarily critical approach, informed by cultural, feminist, and postcolonial studies and speak to an interdisciplinary audience across Communication Studies, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and Science & Technology Studies (STS).

 

Currently, I'm focusing on tech entrepreneurship, making, and transnational collaborations within 'innovation culture'. I've conducted ethnographic work with entrepreneurs, startups, and tech hubs in Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, the south of China, and Silicon Valley. I have an ongoing project on collaborations between African and Chinese entrepreneurs and another on African techies in innovation hubs like Silicon Valley and Shenzhen. I'm writing my first monograph on tech entrepreneurship as a mode of living and space of work in Ghana. 

 

A couple of other projects focus on 1) the intersections of 'old' and new media, specifically the evolution and implications of networked radio in Ghana, and 2) ways that media and tech labor in the global south use digital tools for work and life. 

My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), ProQuest, the University of Michigan, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Keywords: tech entrepreneurship, digital technology, innovation, design, production, Africa, China, networked radio

PROJECTS

TECH ENTREPRENEURSHIP & TRANSNATIONAL INNOVATION
APPS IN THE SOUTH
NETWORKED RADIO
THE GLOBAL TECHNOCLASS

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