Reginold A. Royston

C3 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies
Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267

I received my PhD in African Diaspora Studies with a designated emphasis in New Media in spring 2014. I've received degrees in anthropology and philosophy from Howard University. My areas of interest include Science & Technology, media, modernity and race, Online education, and IT for Social Change. My dissertation, Trending in Ghana: Homeland, Diaspora and New Media Publics, investigates how diaspora is deployed in discourse on development; in news, social and entertainment media; and in the social imaginary of Ghana. I also research the role of online classrooms in promoting global Internet Citizenship. These epistemological concerns emerge from African diaspora theory and philosophy, as well as my experience as a community historian, professional journalist and technology activist. In my academic research, I incorporate insights and methodology from sociology and anthropology; cultural and textual analysis from Africana Studies; and critical insight on networks and IT development from New Media scholars. I am a retired music critic. You can follow me on twitter - @raroyston & @uncleregis, as well as facebook.com/reggie.royston and sites.google.com/site/23principlesofnewmedia .

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Reginold.A.Royston@williams.edu