[June 5th] New article in the (peer reviewed) World Refugee Council series “Digital Developments: Harbingers of Humanitarian Change

[June 2nd – 4th] NSF Access to Justice Workshop – Georgetown Law School, panel presentation on participatory design.

[April 30th – May 2nd] Presentation on refugee data systems at ICT4D in Kampala, Uganda.

[April 4th] Giving talk ‘Digital Lifeline? ICTs for Refugees and Displaced Persons’ at Penn State Research Unplugged – Schlow Library, State College, PA.

[April 2nd] Receiving the University Faculty Outreach Award at a university awards luncheon.

[March 29] Kick-off meeting for the QualMiner project on mangaging qualitative data in the Venezuelan refugee response funded by the UNHCR Innovation Fund.

[Jan 4-7] Presentation of our papers “Dynamic of Technological Mediation” and “Participatory Data Collection and Management in Low-Resource Contexts” at ICTDx in Ahmedabad, India.

[Sept 30] Congrats to doctoral students Ying Xu, Dan Hellmann and Eric Obeysekare on their doctoral dissertation defenses this month.

[Sept 15] Making progress on collaboration with Clio Andris of Penn State Geography Dept. on Syrian refugee integration in Turkey. This project makes use of a ‘call data record’ (CDR) data set and facilitated by Penn State’s SSRI. See the media coverage for more information.

[Sept 1] Excited about our new  on Internet of Things project in Rwanda. Seeking master’s students for research projects and NSF-funded travel to Rwanda.

[June 15] Check out my new publication in IEEE Computer – ‘Now you see it, now you don’t: Digital connectivity in marginalized communities’

[May 15] Our book is out!  Digital Lifeline? ICTs for Refugees and Displaced Persons

[May 7] Congratulations to doctoral student Eric Obeysekare, a member of the third place team in Vodafone America’s 2018 Wireless Innovation Project Competition.


See our ICTs & Refugees , TribalNet and Rwanda IoT pages for latest research updates.


The fast pace of innovation in information and communication technologies (ICTs) continually creates new opportunities and challenges for economic and social development. These opportunities include improved service provision by humanitarian organizations as well as opportunities for individuals to improve their lives, both in the U.S. and around the world.

At the Great Wall of China following the 2006 ITS conference

Here at Penn State my research, teaching and service shed light on the ways international policy and organizational contexts influence access to, and use of, information and communication technologies. My work has been conducted in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Also, I’ve had the honor of working with organizations such as the United Nations, international non-governmental organizations (e.g. Save the Children, CARE and IRD), and U.S. federal agencies (e.g. Department of State, National Science Foundation).

Contact me at or visit at 390E Westgate Bldg. University Park, PA 16802