Before joining the PhD program, Ouedraogo completed an MA in African Studies (Ohio University), A BA in Public Relations (Goshen College), and a license in Linguistics and literature at Université de Ouagadougou.
Ouedraogo's general research interests include critical media theory and how it can help in our understanding of the everyday life, affect, visibility, and netizenship. He is interested in social identity, online spaces, and popular culture. His research goal is to uncover knowledge that facilitates an understanding of various social and media phenomena through an interdisciplinary approach to research and writing. His approach is both empirical and theoretical. Beside his transparent interest in postcolonial theory he is also an avid reader of continental thinkers such as Marx, Foucault, and Derrida.
His dissertation research lies at the intersection of media, information technology, and social change. He focuses primarily on the use of new media among Muslim communities of the Sahel region of West Africa. While, over the past decade, the rise of radical Islamist movements in this Muslim majority region has called for sporadic media coverage of it, contemporary Muslims in this region are still understudied. He is interested in the ways in which ways Muslim communities integrate into globalization and the attendant questions of identity, adoption of media technology, social change, and economic improvement.
Posted on Tue, January 1, 2019
by Media Student