Doctoral Student


Prior to starting the doctoral program at SC&I, Leeam Azoulay worked for human rights and humanitarian organizations, mostly in advocacy roles. She lived and worked in East Africa from 2015-2020. Her research interests focus on how tech impacts human rights and political expression in the global south, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. This includes a range of issues including censorship, surveillance, and content moderation by social media platforms. She believes that the tech policies of governments and design choices of corporations — and their impact on people — need to be better understood. She writes the Substack newsletter Digital Fallout, which touches on these issues.


CUNY Graduate Center
M.A., Middle Eastern Studies

Columbia University
B.A., History and Human Right