I am a design researcher, and I am curious about people, technology, and the social world. Professionally, I study how people use technology to achieve personal and work goals, and how we can help them succeed more efficiently and meaningfully.
I did a PhD in Communication at the University of Washington in Seattle where I studied how presidential political campaigns use digital media for political organizing and voter mobilization in Sub-Saharan Africa. My doctoral committee comprised Prof. Matthew Powers (Communication, University of Washington), Profs. Kirsten Foot, Leah Ceccarelli (Communication, University of Washington), and James Long (Political Science, University of Washington).
I also have a Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship from Foster School of Business at the UW, a Master’s in African Studies from the University of Oxford (UK), and a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication from the University of Jos (Nigeria).
I enjoy traveling, hiking, kayaking, biking, playing soccer, and board games. When I’m not doing any of these, I may be volunteering to teach/mentor some cool first-generation high students through the UW Making Connections program.
The easiest way to contact me and get a timely response is via email: contact (at) madeiza.org.
Dissertation: study of how presidential campaigns use digital media for internal organization and voter mobilization.
Program exposes students to some of the best practices in starting and growing a business across different industries.
Thesis: study of how local campaigns use digital media for political mobilization.
Thesis: study of how young people in new democracies use digital media for political mobilization.
Program focuses on a wide range of communication professions including public relations, journalism (broadcast, print, and online), and information management.
Here is a sample of relevant courses I have taken at the University of Washington.
- R Programming
- Fieldwork Research
- Methods of Inquiry
- Introduction to Statistics
- Advanced Statistical Methods in Communication
- Science, Technology, and Public Policy
- Political Communication
- Theories of Technology and Society
- Communication Theory
- Technology and Development in Africa
- Liberation Technology
- Foundations of Entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurial Strategy
- Entrepreneurial Finance
- Venture Capital
- Business Plan Practicuum
- Entrepreneurial Marketing
- Visual Communication
- Design Research
A bit of fun 🙂
- Folk Dance
2016: Chester Fritz International Research and Study Fellowship, University of Washington Graduate School
2016: Peter Clarke Research Grant, Department of Communication, University of Washington
2015: Mortar Board Jones Campbell Scholarship, University of Washington
2014: Visiting Predoctoral Fellowship, School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest
2014: Travel Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Senate, University of Washington
2014: Ottenberg-Winans Fellowship, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
2014: Research Grant, Department of Communication, University of Washington Joint Faculty Research Grant with Prof. Philip Howard, University of Washington
2012: Fieldwork Research Grant, University of Oxford
2011: Eni Scholarship, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford