Poggiali, Lisa

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Dissertation Writer

Lisa's research interests concern the social, cultural, and political dynamics of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Africa. She is currently conducting two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Nairobi, Kenya, where she is analyzing "digital testimony" - user-generated testimonials that are distributed via text messages and recorded on Google maps - and the mobile phone platforms which enable their circulation. These platforms are being created by a burgeoning group of technologically minded activists in Nairobi, who champion mobile phone technology as a means to engender a more ethically minded, politically active citizenry. Lisa's work examines both the technical and cultural practices through which these technologies are being produced, as well as the social and political effects of their use. Theoretically, her work is informed by science and technology studies (STS), practice and performance theory, phenomenology, geography, cultural studies, and political philosophy. She is also interested in ethnography as a literary genre. Before coming to Stanford, Lisa received an M.A. in the Social Anthropology of Development from the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, and a B.A. in Anthropology and Human Rights from Columbia University. She calls New York City home.