Areas of Expertise
African Diaspora Studies
African American Cyberculture
History and Philosophy of Technology
Contemporary Africa, Media and Culture
Connected / Online Classrooms
Dr. Royston is a digital ethnographer, working at the intersection of African and African American media publics and digital practices. His research examines the role of technology in the shaping of modernity, especially around issues of race, identity, and African culture. He is currently at work on 'Re-Assembling Ghana: Diaspora, Innovation, and Network Politics' — a manuscript examining IT developers in Ghana and their relationship to Africans living abroad in the U.S. and Europe.
As an instructor Dr. Royston has overseen the development of more than 50 mobile apps and New Media art projects. A former journalist, Dr. Royston has worked throughout the U.S., as a reporter, a graphic designer and a music critic. Originally from Rochester, NY, he has deep roots in Oakland, Calif., Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.