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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


PhD student

College: Trinity

Supervisor: Richard Staley

Advisor: Charu Singh

Thesis topic: Building Credibility: The Story of the Behavioural Dynamics Institute, Strategic Communication Laboratories and Cambridge Analytica in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya

Research interests: Information disorder; history of science, technology and society (STS); indigenous methodologies; transatlantic histories; the 'living laboratory'; 20th century medicine and technology

Email: mdj35 [at]

Prior education

MA in Computing in Education, Columbia University

BA in Portuguese and Environmental Engineering (SPO) w/ certificates in African Studies, African American Studies, Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies, Princeton University


2022–2024: Convener, Indigenous Methodologies Reading Group

2022–2024: Trustee, Cambridge Student Union


2023–24: Part IB History of Science (supervisor)

2023–24: Part II Paper 3 Modern Medicine and Life Sciences (supervisor)

2023–24: Part II Paper 6 Ethics and Politics of Science, Technology and Medicine (supervisor)

2022–24: Part II Paper 2 Science and Empires (supervisor)

Grants and fellowships

Associate, Cambridge Digital Humanities

Gates Cambridge Scholar, Gates Cambridge Trust

Graduate Student Fellow, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Awardee, African Poetry Digital Portal Digital Humanities Grant (Mellon Foundation)

Awardee, Cambridge Creative Encounters public engagement fund

Awardee, University Diversity Fund