Kurt Daum

Kurt is a first-year PhD student in Urban Planning and Development at the Price School of Public Policy, and is currently studying the implications of the digital divide in Skid Row and beyond with ARNIC. More broadly, his research interests lie in the areas of homelessness, community planning, critical GIS, and recently, queer studies. Kurt received his BA in geography from the University of Miami where he researched and published on the electronic waste trade in West Africa…. Read More » “Kurt Daum”

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Nathaniel Ming Curran

Nathaniel Ming Curran is a PhD student at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and
Journalism. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin Madison and earned his MA at the
University of California Berkeley. At Berkeley, he conducted research at the intersection of
education, identity, and the English language in South Korea.
His current research focuses on new technology and the discourse/practice of globalization. In
particular, he is interested in the ways globalization and its effects are imagined,… Read More » “Nathaniel Ming Curran”

ARNIC member Cerianne Robertson, recently published in IJOC.

Cerianne Robertson

Cerianne Robertson is a first-year PhD student in communications at USC-Annenberg. She researches the media narratives, discourses, and practices that sustain power relations, as well as the opportunities available to disrupt and change them. She is particularly interested in the stories we tell about cities. Cerianne previously worked as the Editor and Media Monitoring Coordinator for RioOnWatch.org, a Rio de Janeiro-based media platform that emerged to amplify favela resident perspectives and monitor urban transformations in the build-up to the 2016 Olympics…. Read More » “Cerianne Robertson”


Sierra Bray

Sierra Bray is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Annenberg School of Communication. Passionate about bridging the principles of organizational communication with critical and cultural theory, Sierra’s research areas include the social construction of power in organizations, the effects of gender dynamics and gender stereotypes on group members, and the relationship of technology to historically marginalized communities. Prior to Annenberg, Sierra graduated summa cum laude from the University of Portland with a B.S. in Organizational Communication and Spanish…. Read More » “Sierra Bray”


Cynthia Barboza

Cynthia Barboza is a research assistant at the Price Center for Social Innovation.  She received her B.A. in Political Science at Stanford University where she was trained by the Persuasive Technology Lab. She worked for several years at engagedIN, a behavior design firm that sought to leverage behavioral psychology and design thinking principles to build products and communication strategies for Health-Tech companies looking to increase patient engagement.  She is currently a Ph.D. student in Public Policy and Management at the University of Southern California. … Read More » “Cynthia Barboza”

Thai V Le

Thai V. Le

Thai, currently a Ph.D. student at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC), is studying the causes and effects of institutionalized inequities on community development and social mobility. His work and research have included the intersection of mental health and homelessness, disaggregating Asian American Pacific Islander data, the efficacy of social impact bonds on relieving homelessness, food security in low-income communities, and post-natural disaster development among marginalized groups. Prior to his time at USC,… Read More » “Thai V. Le”


Andrea Alarcon

Andrea’s interests lie in the intersection of ICTD and cultural internet studies, as well as transculturalism and multilingualism on the web. She is particularly interested in the appropriation of social media in developing countries, especially as gateways to the web, and the influence of socioeconomic background and entrenched inequalities on the online experience. She received her MSc degree from the Oxford Internet Institute, and her BSc in online journalism from the University of Florida. She also worked as a Research Assistant with Microsoft Research’s Social Media Collective…. Read More » “Andrea Alarcon”


Anna Loup

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Anna Loup focused her undergraduate research on cooperative development, ICT, and gender. Her undergraduate thesis studied the interactions of female immigrant cooperative members with technology within the private and public spheres.
Her current research looks at the social, political, and economic implications of the Internet’s policy and technical structures. A former researcher at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Anna managed data collection and publication for the Generic Top-level Domains Program (gTLD)…. Read More » “Anna Loup”


Jingyi Sun

Before joining Annenberg as a PhD student, Jingyi Sun was a TV professional with China Central TV for nearly seven years. She worked in the exciting and challenging field of international news reporting for five years, during which she gained substantial knowledge about international affairs, and then joined a feature talk show program dedicated to cross-cultural communication. Prior to her career with CCTV4, she obtained BA in Journalism and English from Beijing Foreign Studies University and Master’s degree in Film Aesthetics from University of Oxford…. Read More » “Jingyi Sun”


Matthew Bui

Matthew N. Bui researches the potential for, and obstacles to, social and political change through the use of communication and technology as tools for intervention. He is particularly interested in issues pertaining to diversity and empowerment within urban communities, and how national and international digital policies and initiatives can foster civic engagement and economic development.
The son of immigrant parents, Matt has written, presented, and taught workshops on topics such as texting and conflict resolution, selfies and reciprocity,… Read More » “Matthew Bui”


Nahoi Koo

Nahoi Koo received her B.A. in Communication Studies and Economics from Northwestern University. She also has a minor degree in Chinese Language & Culture. During her undergraduate years, she spent her summers studying abroad at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. She has also completed internships at Edelman PR agency and South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which led to her interests in studying discourse that involves state-to-state and state-to-public communication in the context of globalization and modernity…. Read More » “Nahoi Koo”


Nathalie Marechal

Nathalie Maréchal is a PhD candidate in Communication at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and holds a BA in International Studies and MA in International Communication, both from American University. She has published articles about human rights advocacy in the digital age, surveillance of welfare recipients in the United States, and media coverage of WikiLeaks. She is currently writing her dissertation, “Defying Censorship, Evading Surveillance: The Political Economy of Circumvention Technology.”
In 2016,… Read More » “Nathalie Marechal”

Rachel Moran, author of recent publication in

Rachel Moran

Rachel received a BA Hons (Cantab) in Social and Political Science at Selwyn College, Cambridge University, where she focused on political engagement and networks. She then went on to study Political Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London, gaining top honors for her thesis on media indexing in the reporting of the 2012 Benghazi attacks.
Rachel’s research focuses on political communications particularly the links between communications platforms and socio-political engagement and the rise of professionalization and marketization in politics…. Read More » “Rachel Moran”


Rogelio Lopez

Rogelio’s work focuses on the role of emerging media and tech in social movements, activism, civic engagement, and youth culture. He completed his M.S. in Comparative Media Studies & Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013. His M.S. thesis compared the media strategies of the United Farm Workers (UFW) in the 1960s and Undocumented Immigrant Youth Movements in the 2000s. Prior to USC, Rogelio worked with MIT’s Center for Civic Media, Youth and Media at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet &… Read More » “Rogelio Lopez”


Sarah Clayton

A proud “northerner” from the UK, Sarah Clayton earned her BA in New Media and her LLM in Cyberlaw from the University of Leeds. Her undergraduate thesis examined the IPTV regulatory landscape and her focus shifted to human rights, intellectual property, and access to knowledge during her LLM. While at university, she coauthored a book chapter: Social Media Marks: Adapting Traditional Rights Protection to the Evolving Communications Landscape, represented the UK at the United Nations-funded New Media Summer School: The Web of Tomorrow is Yours in Stockholm,… Read More » “Sarah Clayton”


Soledad Altrudi

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Soledad earned her B.A. in International Relations at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires. She has also completed graduate studies in Political Science and Sociology at FLACSO, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, and in USC’s Master of Public Diplomacy program. Before attending USC, she served as a teaching assistant at her alma mater and continued this at the USC Dornsife School of International Relations. Soledad was also a Geoffrey Cowan endowed research scholar and worked at USC’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy…. Read More » “Soledad Altrudi”


Sulafa Zidani

Sulafa Zidani is a doctoral student at USC Annenberg. She researches new media, participatory culture, and digital language and power dynamics, with special interest in China and the Arab World.
Sulafa is a speaker of English, Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin, and French. Prior to joining Annenberg, she worked as a teacher, research assistant, and translator in Palestine, Israel, China, and the US.
She earned her BA and MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Asia Studies and Communication and Journalism…. Read More » “Sulafa Zidani”


Xiangyu Li

Xiangyu Li is an MPL student in the Urban Planning program at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, and currently involved in the Connected Cities project with ARNIC. He received his B.E. in GIS and Cartography from Tongji University. He is also a partner of Beijing Tanizon LLC—a startup focuses on providing industrial photogrammetry and surveillance UAV solutions (www.tanizon.com).
He has the following patents under his name: the Invention Patent for Multi-UAV Cooperative Surveying Based on Integer Linear Programming;… Read More » “Xiangyu Li”