Salem College alumna Ronda Zelezny-Green recently earned a Fulbright Award to research mobile-based social learning in informal settings, and issues of gender, technology and equity in Nairobi, Kenya.
The 2005 Salem alumna is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), in the department of geography. Her Ph.D. work is tentatively titled, “Cultivating Collective Capabilities: A Critical Design Ethnography of Secondary School Girls’ Mobile Device Use for Social Learning in Kenya,” and her studies are fully funded by a Crossland Scholarship award from RHUL.
Zelezny-Green’s Fulbright research will be conducted within the secondary school context in Kenya and will engage secondary school girls in participatory processes. This Ph.D. research is an extension of work Ronda undertook in May and June 2012 in a secondary school in Nairobi. This research resulted in a dissertation titled “Gendered Mobility and Social Shaping of Mobile Phones: Perspectives from Secondary School Girls in Nairobi.”