Hibah Hussain focuses on the connections between telecommunications law and the media’s potential to contribute to socioeconomic development in the Global South. Prior to Columbia, Hibah worked at Google as an Account Optimizer, during which was heavily involved with the Google Grants program and won a Google Grants Basecamp Award for her work with nonprofits. Hibah has also spent time at the BBC’s Washington Bureau and in South Asia as Mellon Mays Research Fellow. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton College and an M.Sc. in Media, Communication and Development with Distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science. While at LSE, she worked with POLIS, a journalism and society think tank, and was the inaugural winner of the Interaction London Research Prize, which is awarded to an LSE student with the best idea for applied research into social media. Her project combines critical theory with virtual ethnography, market research, and social psychology techniques to interrogate the effectiveness of online branding initiatives.