Sulafa Zidani is a doctoral candidate at USC Annenberg. Her research focuses on participatory culture, culture mixing and hybridity, and global power dynamics in digital media. Sulafa is a speaker of English, Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin, and French. She is a founding organizer of Annenberg's communication and cultural studies graduate student conference, Critical Mediations

Prior to joining Annenberg, she worked as a teacher, research assistant, and translator in Palestine, Israel, China, and the US. Her educational background includes a dual-major BA and MA in Asia Studies and Communication and Journalism from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as an MA in Communication from USC Annenberg.  Her work has been published in Social Media + Society and Asian Communication Research. Through her research, Sulafa seeks to uncover the deeper meanings, values, and ideologies behind digital participation and expression.