is a Research Professor in the Humanities at the University of Johannesburg and she is Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on media and conflict, particularly in the Horn of Africa. She previously worked for a newspaper in Ethiopia, and has researched new technologies and innovation in Somalia and Somaliland and media and election violence in Kenya.
She is the recipient of an European Research Council grant that examines questions around social media, governance, and migration. Recent publications include: Media, Conflict and the State in Africa (Cambridge University Press 2018); Speech and Society in Turbulent Times with co-author Monroe Price (Cambridge University Press 2018); and UNESCO’s World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development, with Iginio Gagliardone and Monroe Price (UNESCO 2018). Further details about her publications are available here.