Royal Holloway, University of London

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), ICT4D: Gender, Learning and Mobiles

20122016 (expected)

University of Massachusetts Boston

Graduate Certificate, Instructional Design (for mobile learning environments)


I focused on online training delivery and the use of mobile devices for educational purposes (mobile learning)

Activities and Societies: Graduate Instructional Designer Association, member

Royal Holloway, University of London

MSc, Practicing Sustainable Development with ICT4D specialism


Activities and Societies: Postgraduate Committee

University of Massachusetts Boston

Master of Arts, Applied Linguistics


Concentration: Foreign Language Pedagogy (specifically English as a Foreign language [EFL])

Activities and Societies: Applied Linguistics Student Association, President; Graduate Research Assistant

Salem College

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish and Philosophy


Graduated with departmental honors in Spanish. Participated in January term study abroad trips to Cuernavaca, Mexico (Universidad Internacional) and Oxford, England (Oxford University). Interned at the Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina. Active in the Winston-Salem area chapter of the Young Democrats.

Activities and Societies: Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Sigma Iota, College Democrats (president), Residence Hall President (two years), Residence Hall Secretary/Treasurer (one year), Interdorm Council (two years), ONUA (multicultural student organization), BADU (Black Americans Demonstrating Unity), International Student Club, Asian Student Association (Vice-President), Open-Up, Reporter and Editor for the Salemite (college news publication)


  • U.S. Fulbright Student Scholar, 2013-2014. Under the Fulbright Program, competitively selected U.S. citizens become eligible for scholarships to conduct research abroad. The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in over 155 countries. Forty-three Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes and seventy-eight have won Pulitzer Prizes. This Fulbright scholarship will support my PhD research for up to nine months in Kenya.
  • Helen Shackleton Fund Awardee, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2013. The fund is used to support students in their studies, usually as a bursary to contribute towards the costs of foreign travel connected to their academic work.
  • Academic Development Services Language Bursary, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2012. Bursary supports Swahili lessons in preparation for PhD fieldwork in Kenya.
  • Crossland Scholarship, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2012-2015. Scholarship provides full tuition and fees for PhD studies as well as an annual stipend.
  • Irene Marshall Scholarship, awarded June 2012. A travel award worth £500 that supports travel to Commonwealth countries with a preference for students in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Award supports my MSc dissertation research on use of mobile phones as educational tools by secondary school girls in Nairobi.
  • Royal Holloway International Excellence Scholarship (USA), awarded April 2011. Award of £4,000 tuition reduction was given on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and potential.
  • Book Award for the Applied Linguistics Department, awarded April 2011. Given to the most outstanding student in the department who has demonstrated academic excellence.
  • Community Builder Award for the Applied Linguistics Department, awarded April 2011. Given to the student most responsible for developing a sense of community in the department during their tenure on the course.
  • Graduate Scholar Award, Ubiquitous Learning Conference 2010, awarded September 2010. Given to graduate students with outstanding academic backgrounds and presentation submissions. Covered conference registration fee.
  • ICTD2010 (Information and Communication Technology for Development 2010) Conference Attendance Scholarship, ICTD2010 Conference, awarded September 2010. Provided a return flight and free conference registration.
  • Teaching Language with Technology Title III Scholarship Recipient, University of Massachusetts at Boston, awarded fall and spring 2010, and spring 2011. Valued at $3,000 for each semester awarded.
  • Elizabeth Whitaker full-tuition Scholarship (undergraduate), Salem College, awarded March 2001. Valued at over $20,000 per year.
  • Andrew Barnes Scholarship of $60,000 over four years of undergraduate study, St. Petersburg Times newspaper, awarded March 2001.