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Stephen is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford. Based in Athens, Greece, his ethnographic research interrogates the usage of Skype within the Greek asylum procedure, exploring the diffuse accountability structures and novel forms of violence that arise from the insertation of technology within border regimes. He is particularly interested in the intersection of forced migration, human rights, technology, and corporate accountability, as well as questions of agency, masculinity, and self-concept.
Prior to commencing his doctoral work, Stephen received an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, and a BA in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Pennsylvania. Stephen is a 2020 Rhodes Scholar (Pennsylvania & Balliol) and a 2018 Truman Scholar.