Anne W. Njathi is a scholar, researcher, educator, and a recent PhD graduate at North Carolina State University in the Interdisciplinary Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program where she conducts research on platform studies, creator economy, data privacy, Internet/platform governance, FinTech, mobile communication, digital economy, and ICT4D from an emerging markets perspective. She is an African School of Internet Governance and Kenya School of Internet Governance (KeSIG) Fellow. Her work has been presented and appeared at top peer-reviewed journals, publications, and conferences, including Information, Communication & Society, New Media & Society, AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, National Communication Association, IT4Change, Microsoft Race & Tech Workshop, Global Perspectives on Platforms and Cultural Production, Development Studies Association conference, Mozilla Festival, International Association for Media and Communication Research, International Communication Association and Rowman & Littlefield. Her research has also been featured in African popular media outlets, such as The Standard, The Cable, Daily Nation, and Business Daily. At NCSU, she has taught Advanced Topics: Digital Media in Public Relations (COM 493), International and Cross-cultural Communication (COM 392), Communication in a Changing World (COM 2000), and Environmental Ethics (IDS 601/602). She is a Chartered Marketer (ACIM), spanning 9+ years of industry experience in Africa in building sustainable brands in a multi-cultural international setting. She is the founder and host of TechOver Africa, a podcast that interrogates the rising digital economy in Africa.
PhD in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media, North Carolina State University
MA in Corporate Communication, Daystar University
BA in Journalism and Public Relations, Daystar University
- Watkins, B., & Njathi, A. (2023). Digital Marketing, PR and Communication Trends in Africa. Edited Book Collection. Routledge Publishers
- Njathi, A. (2023). The Demand for Whiteness; Performing Whiteness to Cash out in Nairobi’s Instagram Economy. Post45 Contemporaries cluster about influencer aesthetics
- Njathi, A. (2023). Reflections on what Kenyan Influencers can show us about "platform livelihoods". The Platform Livelihoods Project. Open- access book. Caribou Digital
- Berube, D. M., Whitley, B., Bogomoletc, K, Njathi, A., Cuchiara, M. and Jones, J. L. (2023). The State of Agriculture and Nanoscience in the United States. Journal of Nanoparticle Research
- Njathi, A., & Wambui, R. (2022). “A Digital Patriarchal Bargain: Violence Against Women in Kenya”. Feminist Perspectives on Social Media Governance. InternetLab and IT for Change.
- de Souza e Silva A, Glover-Rijkse R, Njathi A, de Cunto Bueno D. Playful mobilities in the Global South: A study of Pokémon Go play in Rio de Janeiro and Nairobi. New Media & Society. June 2021. doi:10.1177/14614448211016400
- de Souza e Silva, A., Glover-Rijkse, Njathi, A., & de Cunto Bueno, D. (2021). Exploring the Material Conditions of Location-based Gameplay in the Global South, Information, Communication & Society, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.1909098
- Sayo, P., Njathi, A, Jerono P. Rotich and Mose, P., (2020) Kenyan International Student’s Experiential Reflections on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Kenya Studies Review 8(2), 111-122
- Njathi, A. (2019). The Effects of Mobile Lending Apps on Bottom of the Pyramid Consumers in Kenya: A Case of Tala FinTech Company. Journal of African Interdisciplinary Studies. 3(8), 112 – 126.
- CRDM Symposium Proposals Review. CRDM Symposium 2019 - Dialog 2.0: Social Movements, Online Communication, and Transformation
- Njathi, A. W., & Lee, N. (2021). Social Media Influencers in Africa: An Analysis of Instagram Content and Brand Endorsements. In Research Perspectives on Social Media Influencers and their Followers (pp. 91–109). Lexington Books.
- 2020 Outstanding Graduate Teacher. Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching. North Carolina State University
- Top Student (2nd runners-up) Emerging Scholar Award, 12th Kenya Scholars and Studies Association. Atlanta, United States
- 2019 - 22 Several Travel Awards, CRDM Program. North Carolina State University
- 2018 - 19 Graduate Fellowship, NC State University
- 2018-2022 Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP) Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP), NC State University
Conference Proceedings and Presentations
- Njathi, A. (2023). “A stab at Afro-pessimism by Nairobi Digital Content Creators”. “The Power of Community: Afro-Diasporic Worldbuilding and a Sustainable Futurity.” Black Research Symposium. NC State University. March, 2023
- Njathi., A (2023). "A Digital Patriarchal Bargain: Violence Against Women in Kenya,” Breaking Barriers: Agents of Change. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Pennsylvania State University. February, 2023
- Njathi, A, & Wamanji, E, Twitter Activism and Crisis Management: A Case Study of KFC Kenya Franchise and Cytonn. NCA 108th Annual Convention Renewal and Transformation, New Orleans, US. Nov, 2022
- Njathi, A. (2022). Platforms & Tech and Platform Labor. Microsoft Race & Tech Workshop. The intersection of Race, Caste, Indigeneity, and Technology. A Microsoft Race and Tech Research Virtual Workshop, Microsoft August 3rd -4th, 2022
- Njathi, A. (2022) “The Glitz and Glamour Platform Economy: Issues for Instagram Monetization for Influencers in Emerging Markets”. Global Perspectives on Platforms and Cultural Production conference, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 31st-July 1st, 2022
- Njathi, A; Wambui, R. “The Overlooked Gender Bias on African digital platforms; A feminist Inquiry” Virtual Roundtable, Feminist Perspectives on Social Media Governance. InternetLab and IT for Change’s roundtable on Feminist Perspectives on Social Media Governance. IT for Change. Virtual, April 2022
- Njathi, A; Wambui, R. “Unconventional African Women Creatives In Internet Spaces”. Mozfest. Mozilla Festival. Virtual Discussion. March 10th, 2022
- Anna Klyueva, Prisca Ngondo, Njathi, Anne, and Katerina Tsetsura “The Landscape of Public Relations Practice and Research in Africa” panel presentation at NCA 107th Annual Convention Renewal and Transformation, Seattle, WA, US. Nov. 2021
- Njathi, A., (2021). Stretching Digital Colonialism from the North to the South; A Case Study of the Transnational Movement of the Tech Giants into Kenya. International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Virtual. June
- Njathi, A., & Acheampong, T.Y. (2021). The growing presence of Chinese digital firms in key economic sectors of global south nations: A comparative study of Huawei’s impacts in Ghana and Kenya. UK Development Studies Association conference, University of East Anglia, UK. Virtual. June-July
- Njathi, A., (2021). Technological Utopianism; The Technocratic Approach to Technology for African Development; A case study of Kenya. Pondering African Futures Conference. The University of Pittsburgh. Virtual. May
- de Souza e Silva, A., Glover-Rijkse, Njathi, A., & de Cunto Bueno, D. (2021). Exploring the Material Conditions of Location-based Gameplay in the Global South. International Communication Association (ICA) conference, Mobile Communication Interest Group. Virtual. May.
- Adebayo, A., Njathi, A., Githinji, K., & Adbikoye, E. (2021). The proliferation of Covid-19 Infodemics: Crafty Health Advice and Fake Cure in Africa. The 6th Biennial D.C. Health Communication Conference (DCHC). Virtual. April
- Njathi, A., (2021). Digital Credit Apps in Kenya, Tanzania, and Nigeria: A Comparative Study of Internet Use, Adoption and Financial Inclusion of Low-Income Households. PackPics, a Graduate Research Showcase. Graduate Student Association (GSA). North Carolina State University. Virtual. April
- de Souza e Silva, A. Glover-Rijkse, Njathi, A., and de Cunto Bueno, D. “Playful Mobilities in the Global South: A comparative study of Pokemon Go play between Rio de Janeiro and Nairobi. For the #AoiR2020 virtual conference, Dublin, Ireland. 2020
- Top Student (2nd runners up) – Njathi, A. (2019). The Effects of Mobile Lending Apps on Bottom of the Pyramid Consumers in Kenya: A Case of Tala FinTech Company. Kenya Scholars and Studies Association. Atlanta, Georgia. September 2019
- Panelist: Immigrant students challenges, opportunities, and challenges in the USA. Kenya Scholars and Studies Association. Atlanta, Georgia. September 2019
- Njathi, A. (2019). M-lending in Kenya, Tanzania, and Nigeria: A Comparative Study of Internet Use, Adoption and Financial Inclusion of Low-Income Households. The 4th Annual AROCSA Conference.
- African Scholars PhD Seminar. The 4th Annual AROCSA Conference. Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya. July 2019
- Speaker (2021). Emerging Trends in Digital Marketing. Invitex -A Tech and Marketing Summit. Nairobi. Virtual.
- Moderator: Panel Discussion: Technology enabling financial inclusion for African Women In Tech (Kenya) Conference. Michael Joseph Centre, Nairobi Kenya. July 2019
- Guest Lecturer: Writing for social media and social media etiquette. COM 668X (Writing for Media), Daystar University. March 2018
- Panel Guest Speaker: wPOWER Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables; Two moderated discussions featuring gender inclusion in the energy sector. December 2017
- 2022 Platforms & Tech and Platform Labor. Microsoft Race & Tech Workshop
- 2021 Conference grant, UK Development Studies Association (DSA) Conference
- 2021 Fellowship, African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)
- 2020 COVID 19 education grant, Institute of International Education’s Emergency Student Fund (ESF)
- Njathi, A., & Wambui, R. (2022, March). We Must Assess Place of Women Creatives in the Digital Space. Standard Newspaper, 18.
- Njathi, A. (2022, January). Kenya’s Hammer Blow to Loan Apps Long Overdue. Business Daily Newspaper, 18.
- Njathi, A., & Ede, T. (2021, November). Does Africa really need the internet? The Cable, Nigeria.
- Njathi, A. (2021, February). Why I'm keen on deconstructing Africa’s influencer marketing. Daily Nation Newspaper, Kenya.
- Njathi, A. (Podcast Founder & Host). Series of interviews with experts and scholars on Africa’s digital economy, technological uptake, and all things tech. TechOver Africa.