John Laprise is an Assistant Professor in Residence at Northwestern University in Qatar and serves as a Consulting Scholar to ictQatar. He has written and lectured widely on technology, society, and war. After receiving bachelor’s degrees in history, religion, and interdisciplinary studies, Laprise went on to study Arabic language at the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo and received a master’s degree in war studies from King’s College London. He received his PhD in media, technology and society from Northwestern University for his interdisciplinary research examining the relationship between computer adoption, information policy and national security in the White House at the end of the Cold War. Prior to attending Northwestern, he worked for more than ten years in the private sector as a research consultant to Fortune 500 companies.

While serving as a Visiting Fellow at OII, Laprise will be working on a variety of projects including coordinating with OII researchers on the World Internet Project as Northwestern University in Qatar joins. He also will be revising a case study on early Internet history and a monograph examining the relationship between computers and national security in the White House at the end of the Cold War.

Research interests

ICT Policy, ICT History, National Security, Surveillance Studies, Cyberwarfare

Positions held at the OII

  • Visiting Fellow, May – August 2013