Jude Mwenda Ntabathia

Cite as:

Okune, Angela. 2018. "Jude Mwenda Nthabathia." In STS in "Africa" Personal Careers. In STS in "Africa" in Formation, created by Angela Okune and Aadita Chaudhury. In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, curated by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August.


Jude Mwenda Ntabathia has worked for different non-for-profit and for-profit organizations as a software developer including The Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. He is a graduate from the MIT Media Lab under the Centre for Civic Media research group in 2015. He is an avid lover of open source and studies online communities as a PhD student and researcher at Georgia Tech. You can find him on Twitter at @judemwenda.

This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: “What people, projects, and products exemplify how this STS formation has developed over time?” 

This essay highlights prominant and upcoming individuals working on critical science and technology issues in Africa and is part of a broader exhibit on "STS in Africa."

STS Across Borders In Brief

STS Across Borders is a special exhibit organized by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to showcase how the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has developed in different times, places...Read more

"which STS literatures have you drawn on for your research?"

JM: Postcolonial studies, critical design, critical making and critical algorithmic studies

"Which key organizations and/or individuals have made a significant contribution to critical work on STS in the region you work?

JM: Lily Irani and her work on Postcolonial Computing.

Jude Mwenda on future directions of STS in Africa

Jude Mwenda (May 5, 2018): "biotechnology, precolonial making" Read more

As part of my ongoing experimentation on the production and/or sharing of critical science and technology knowledge, I am currently working on critical making as practice together with ethnographic methods.

"Who (/what) has been key inspiration/mentors (intellectual and otherwise) for your growth as an STS scholar?"

JM: Prof. Yanni Loukissas/ Prof. Calestous Juma

"Through what forms, discourses, channels is the critical work on science and tech being taken up/shared/spread?"

JM: I think African STS is largely being defined in non-African universities. There is where the discourses are happening.