Dr. Laura Hosman
Associate Chair & Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Social Sciences
Ph.D. Political Economy & Public Policy, University of Southern California
Laura Hosman is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Illinois Institute of Technology. She is the 2011 recipient of the Dean's Excellence Award for Teaching in the College of Science and Letters, as well as the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award in IIT's Interprofessionalization (IPRO) program.
Before joining IIT in the Fall of 2009, Dr. Hosman was a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to that, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at USC’s Institute for Communication Technology Management at the Marshall School of Business. She has also lectured at USC’s School of Public Policy and Development.
Dr. Hosman’s research focuses on the role for information and communications technology (ICT) in developing countries, particularly in terms of its potential effects on socio-cultural factors, human development, and economic growth. Presently, she is focusing on ICT-in-education projects, as well as the role of corporate involvement in bringing technology to the developing world through Public-Private Partnerships.
Her research has been published in Information Technology for Development, Review of Policy Research, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, and Journal of Business Systems Governance and Ethics, among others. She is a research affiliate with the Institute for Communication Technology Management at the Marshall School of Business at USC, as well as a consultant and contributor to the World Information Access Project. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Google, USAID, the Internet Society, The Information Society Innovaiton Fund, the University of North Carolina McDowell Research Center for Global IT Management, and Association for Information Systems (AIS)-Microsoft Unlimited Potential. She has carried out field research in Sri Lanka, Macedonia, the Solomon Islands, Haiti, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Senegal.
Hosman received her doctorate in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California. This was an interdisciplinary program housed in three departments: Economics, International Relations and Political Science. She also holds an MA in Economics from USC, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, earned while studying on a Fulbright Scholarship.