Before joining the OII, Paige earned her M.A. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2014) and completed her B.A. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego (2011) with a focus on Communication as a Social Force.

email: paige.mustain@oii.ox.ac.uk

Before joining the OII, Paige earned her M.A. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2014) and completed her B.A. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego (2011) with a focus on Communication as a Social Force.

Her research lies at the intersection of education and digital exclusion. More specifically, she focuses on the political economy of information and communication technology (ICT) development initiatives in the realm of education. There has been tremendous growth and restructuring of national education systems due to the dispersion of ICTs, which is demonstrated by the rise of ICT initiatives in education around the world. The overarching aim of her research is to understand the contours of digital inequality, what processes underlie them and how ICT-related education initiatives are working to ameliorate existing inequities. Ultimately, her research seeks to understand these various forces at play in order to better inform policy-making processes and expand current digital inequality scholarship.

Paige spent several years doing research at a local community technology center studying the ways in which youth interacted with new media technologies in educational settings. This research influenced her master’s work where she completed several studies on ICT-driven education initiatives for underserved students.

For her master’s thesis, Paige researched an emerging school model in the United States where IT companies have been partnering with various cities and districts to equip students with the 21st century skills needed to participate in the labor market. These partnerships are being designed to benefit marginalized youth that do not have ubiquitous access to ICTs. Through policy analysis and in-depth interviews with relevant stakeholders, she was able to present the benefits and limitations of this new model and provide suggestions for policymakers in order to create more effective and sustainable policies.

Paige is very grateful for her funding support from the Oxford Internet Institute.

Research interests

Political economy of communication, ICT4D, education policy, education technology, digital exclusion, digital inequalities.

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  • DPhil student, October 2014 –

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