Azeb Madebo earned her B.A. in Communication and minored in Anthropology and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. As a Ronald E. McNair and Mary Gates Research Scholar, she examined negotiations of Blackness by considering the experiences of East African (specifically Ethiopian) immigrant communities in Seattle. At USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, her research interests and work have centered Africa south of the Sahara, topics regarding development, and civic engagement. She's worked on projects that look at transnational/transracial adoption and surrogacy and the racialized commodification of bodies; the racialization and identity negotiations of East African immigrants in the United States; civic imagination and networked mobilization in Ethiopia and its diaspora; and the relationships between discourses of sustainable development and techno-political governance in Africa. Her dissertation fieldwork and research, funded by USC’s Graduate School Research Enhancement Fellowship, will consider the relationship between imagination, civic engagement, technology, and discourses of development within Ethiopia.