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Leigh Llewellyn Graham

Program: Anthropology & Education

Degree:
Ph.D.

Previous Graduate Education:
  M.A. Islam and Muslim/Christian Relations, Georgetown University; M.Ed. International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University; M.Phil. Anthropology, Columbia University.

Research Interests: Technology & Gender, Social Computing, Citizen Media, Higher Education, Education Policy, Online Education, Economic Transformation and Emerging Knowledge Markets, Cyborgization, Biopolitics and Militarization

Geographical Interests: Middle East, North Africa

Dissertation:
(Work-in-Progress) "IT" Girls of Arabia: Cybercultured bodies, online learning practices, and the networked lives of university women in Saudi Arabia

Fellowships and Internships:
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Department of Law & Anthropology Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow (2014)

Harvard University, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Freedom of Expression Project Intern (2013) https://blogs.law.harvard.edu/internetmonitor/author/lgraham/ 

Columbia University Global Center, Amman, Jordan, Visiting Fellow (2010)

Forthcoming Publications:
Graham, L.L. (2014) "Rule Play: Negotiating Cyberspace, Cyberlaw, and the Cybercultured Self in Saudi Arabia." In Arora, P; de Been, W; Hildebrandt, M. (eds) -'The Shape of Diversity to Come.' Routledge/ Taylor and Francis Group. 

Graham, L.L. (2014) "Learning to Speak (up): Struggles and Strategies of Muslim Immigrant Students in an Urban American Public High School." In Gustafsson, J., Jeffrey, B., Rasmussen, A. -'Student Experiences and Perspectives of Performativity from International Contexts and Ethnographic Research.' E&E Publishing. 

Graham, L.L. (2015) "Words That Move, Bodies That Matter: Online political debate and women's mobility in Saudi Arabia." In Baker, M, Blaagaard, B. (eds) -'Citizen Media and Public Spaces: Diverse Expressions of Citizenship and Dissent.' Routledge.

Selected Presentations:
Looking at 2013: A Revolutionary year in the Saudi Twittersphere. Paper presented at Citizen Media Workshop, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK (2014, January).

Mobile Menstrual Cycles: Everyday Dramas of Womanhood on Campus. Paper presented at 112th Annual American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL (2013, November).

Apotheosis of the Cybercultured Self? Transcending bodies, negotiating knowledge, and navigating law on the Internet. Paper presented at the Oxford Ethnography Conference, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. (2013, September).

A Case Study of the Jeddah Floods: student leadership, social media, and civic engagement in the digital age. Paper presented at the Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman. (2013, March) 

Digital Kinship, Cultural Allegiance, and Political Affinity among Global Youth. Paper presented at The Shape of Diversity to Come: Global Community, Global Archipelago, or a New Civility? Conference, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands. (2013, January)

Things that Grow in the Desert: Grassroots Education and Social Change in Saudi Arabia. Paper presented at the Oxford Ethnography Conference, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. (2012, September).

Campus "Clubbing": A Leisure Pursuit of Female Educated Elites in Saudi Arabia. Paper presented at the Oxford Ethnography Conference, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. (2011, September).

The University as Empire in the Digital Age: Circulators and Sentinels of Global Knowledge. Paper presented at the 109th Annual American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA. (2010, November).

Ushering in the Outsiders: A Case Study of Global Higher Education Culture and Local Politics in the Middle East. Paper presented at the Oxford Ethnography Conference, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. (2010, September).

The Practice of Learning in Sacred and Social Spaces: Analysis of a Mosque-School-Family Network in Post-9/11 NYC. Paper presented at the Oxford Ethnography Conference, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. (2009, September).

"In Sudan, Your Body is Not Your Own": Private Places, Public Practice, and Capitalist Dreams. Paper presented at "Neo-Imperialism" in Post-Independence Africa Conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT. (2009, March).

Emerging from the Womb: A Women's University and Social Change in Sudan. Paper presented at the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Center for Urban Ethnography, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. (2009, February).

Grants and Funding Record: 
Teachers College Institutional Scholarship (2006/07, 2007/08, 2014)

Columbia University Middle East Institute Travel Grant (2010-2014)

U.S. Dept. of State, David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship (2009-2011) 

Fairfax Professional Development Grant, Teachers College (2008)

President's Committee for Community and Diversity Grant, Teachers College (2006, 2007, 2008)

U.S. Dept. of State, Foreign Language/ Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for Arabic (2006-2007)

Columbia University Earth Institute Travel Grant, (2006)