I am an anthropologist who studies digital media and politics. I research how the internet affects political mobilization, privacy, trust and self-expression. Most of my research has been on the authoritarian states of the former Soviet Union, including Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. I have a PhD in anthropology from Washington University in Saint Louis and an MA in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University.
My writing has been of interest to academic, policy, and mainstream audiences. I am an op-ed columnist at Al Jazeera, where I write about foreign affairs, digital media, and social inequality. I have written a popular series of articles about exploitation, particularly in higher education, and the diminishing opportunities of America’s youth.
I have consulted for several policy organizations, including the Open Society Institute, Freedom House, and the New America Foundation. I am regularly interviewed by the media and have been a guest on HuffPost Live, Al Jazeera, CBC News, BBC World Service and other broadcast outlets, as well as an invited speaker at academic conferences and forums on foreign policy and technology.
I occasionally serve as an expert witness in asylum cases involving applicants from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
You can contact me at email@example.com.