2019                 The Aspen Institute • San Francisco, CA

Tech Policy Fellow

Developing outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems at the intersection of tech and policy as part of first cohort

The Aspen Tech Policy Hub is a West Coast policy incubator, training a new generation of tech policy entrepreneurs.

2009 – 15          Northwestern University • Evanston, IL 


(2015)               Communication, Management & Ethics, School of Communication

Directed and advised 40 mid- to executive level industry and international professionals on strategic communication, and ethical management practices

(2014-15)         Values & Crisis Decision Making, Kellogg School of Management      

Evaluated over 500 Executive MBA professionals regarding global crisis management and developing marketing/media strategies when faced with wide-ranging reputational risks


(2015)               Communication & Technology

Taught digital strategy and communication to undergraduates, with Jeremy Birnholtz. Focus and use of social media technologies, Wordles, online feedback, strategic project management

(2014)               Theories of Argumentation

Conducted weekly seminars and delivered organizational support for strategic messaging course. Focus on both public affairs settings and everyday communication, effective argumentation, apology and scientific technique

(2011,13,15)   Developing & Marketing Popular Culture

Delivered creative content, presentation and feedback support to Irving Rein and industry producer Jeff Kwatinetz in 9-month engagement. Focus on developing popular TV content, from idea formulation, pitching, script-writing, audience analysis, marketing strategy to final scene specs

(2010)               Theories of Mediated Communication

Managed content and organizational support for 140 undergraduate students, teaching them basic strategies and theory in field. Focus on media convergence and digital communication technologies

Delivered lecture “Recording Industry in America”

(2010)               Rhetoric of Popular Culture

Managed content and organizational support, advising students on effective messaging aimed at gaining large audiences

2004 – 08       Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) • Lahore, Pakistan

(2008)                Pakistan’s Legal System, Law & Policy Department

Hired as undergraduate to advise and manage other undergraduates, teaching history and functioning of Pakistan’s law and judiciary system

Fellowships & Grants

2019                 The Aspen Institute, Tech Policy Fellowship

2018                 Pulitzer Grant

2015                 Top Paper Award in Feminist Scholarship Division, ICA 2015

2015                 Buffett Institute Graduate Travel Grant

2015                 Stipend Nominee, University of Iowa Provost’s Global Forum

2015                 The Graduate School Career Development Award

2014                 Finalist Scholarship, Disquiet International Literary Program, Non-Fiction

2013                 Dissertation Research Funding Grant, School of Communication, NU

2009 – 15        Awarded Northwestern University Graduate Fellowship

2009 – 15        Awarded numerous departmental and TGS Travel Grants