I convene MA Global Media & Transnational Communications.
My research interests draw on the humanities and social sciences as I have an academic background in History and Music, Social and Political Theory, and International Relations. Before coming to Goldsmiths I held teaching and research positions in Humanities, Social Science, and Engineering faculties at the University of Auckland (NZ), University of Amsterdam (NL), University for Humanistics (NL), and Columbia University (USA).
A recipient of research funding from the Social Science Research Council (USA) and Ford Foundation, I have been active in recent years in research and advocacy on human rights issues and the internet, serving as co-Chair of the Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition (2012-2014) at the UN Internet Governance Forum, and as a steering committee member of the IRP Coalition since 2009.
I am currently Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) and have served on the International Communications Section Executive, and as Chair of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association, Membership and Program Committees of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (Giganet).
Other responsbilities in the M&C department include convening the Global Media and Transnational Communications MA Program and MA Research Skills and Resources Module, chairing the departmental Learning and Teaching Committee and vice-chairing the departmental Ethics Committee.
- Doctor of Philosophy, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam (NL)
- Master of Arts: International Relations (cum laude), Department of Politics, University of Amsterdam (NL)
- Bachelor of Arts: History & Music (Double Major). Minors in French, Politics, Russian Literature, Philosophy of Science, University of Auckland (NZ)
Other Tertiary Qualifications
Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, Auckland College of Education, NZ ; Certificate of Proficiency: Photography, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (NZ) ; Certificate of Proficiency: Master of Arts, University of Auckland, NZ, in Theories of Cultural Anthropology, Philosophy of History, Pacific History ; Associate of Trinity College, London (ATCL Performance), Highly Commended, Piano ; Royal Schools of Music, London, (Grade VIII), Distinction, Violin
Presentations and exhibitions
Connecting the Dots: Options for Future Action: Conference on UNESCO’S Internet Study: Access, Free Expression, Privacy and Ethics: Freedom of Expression Session, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 3-4 March, 2015
Clictivism: Social Justice and Social Media Roundtable and Public Debate, hosted by ISIS Magazine at Modern Art Oxford, Oxford UK,13 November 2014
Expert Roundtable: Human Rights in the Digital Age, Amnesty International Germany, Berlin, 10-11 November 2014
CI Seminar on Internet related issues: Internet Rights & Principles Coalition (IRPC) and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 26 September, 2014
“’Don’t Believe the Hype’ (or multistakeholderism is what the powerholders make of it)”, Internet Governance: Actors · Technology · Content, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, 9-10 October 2014
“Human Rights Narratives for the Internet”, Internet Jurisdiction Symposium, Department of Law and Criminology and Department of International Politics, University of Aberystwyth, Wales, 10-11 September 2014
“Human Rights Advocacy for the Internet: Before and After Snowden”, Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, Jesus College, University of Oxford, June 29th- July 11th, 2014; Politics & International Relations Seminar, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 8 May 2014
Milton Wolf Seminar 2014: The Third Man Theme Revisited: Foreign Policies of the Internet in a Time Of Surveillance and Disclosure, Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, The American Austrian Foundation, and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, March 30 – April 1, 2014
“Digital Dilemmas: Power, Resistance, and the Internet”, Public Lecture, Law Faculty, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 15 April 2014
“(Un)Dressing in Public; Defiant Embodiments”, Keynote at Transcultural Identity Constructions in a Changing World, Dalarna University, Sweden, April 2-4, 2014; University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 15 April 2014
“Homelessness and the Internet”, Out of Sight: Constructing, Experiencing, Changing Peripheries, Radical Media Forum, Goldsmiths, UK, 20 March 2014
Plenary Session, London Cryptofestival, Goldsmiths (University of London, UK), 30 November 2013; https://www.cryptoparty.in/london_cryptofestival/schedule
‘Portable Cultures/Travelling Bodies: The Floating Archive in an Age of Digital Redistribution’, Contingent Movements Symposium – Maldives Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Library of Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts (ASAC), Venice (Italy), 28-29th September, 2013; www.contingentmovementsarchive.com
'People-Power and Media Futures in a Digital Age: Is another Internet Possible?' presented at Media, Power, and Revolution: Making the 12st Century, Goldsmiths Leverhulme Research Centre Conference, Senate House London (UK), 4 April, 2012
"Veil Dressing and the Gender Geopolitics of 'What Not to Wear''', in Dressing in a Dangerous World: Fashion & Politics Workshop, The New School, New York, 29 March, 2012, and at The Politics of Visibility: Mediating the Global, Local, and the Inbetween, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art and City University London, 4 November 2011
'New ‘New Media’ & Cultures of Use: Methodological Reflections for the Online Researcher,' Technocult Programme, Media and Communications, Södertörn University, Stockholm, May 30-31, 2011
'Struggles behind the screen: Mobilizing transnational publics in a digital age' presented at Digital Publics, Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaftten (IFK), Vienna (Austria), May 12-13 2011
‘Public Lives Online and the Digital Archive’, at the Edinburgh Centre for Law and Society Seminar Series 2010-2011, University of Edinburgh (UK), 28 October, 2010