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Alison Powell

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

I am a Lecturer in Media and Communication. Before arriving at the LSE in 2010, I was an SSHRC postdoctoral research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, where I studied grassroots technology development and digital advocacy and their impact on new media technologies and policies. I have a PhD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada (2008), where I conducted research on community wireless networks as forms of technical activism that created new mediated communities and publics. One of the case studies from this thesis won the American Sociological Association's Communication Technology section's Best Student paper prize in 2008. The PhD was fully funded by an SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship. I have an MA degree in Communications and Culture from York University in Toronto, Canada (2006), which was supported by the Government of Ontario and the Ted and Loretta Rogers Foundation. For this degree, I conducted an online and offline ethnography of an internet cafe. My Bachelor of Arts and Science (2000) is from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada and was awarded summa cum laude. For a brief period in the early 2000s, I worked in television and new media production.