I am a community-centered and impact-oriented researcher who uses qualitative and quantitative methods to uncover the socio-technical practices of underserved and disadvantaged communities. Currently, I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania, and working on 1 World Connected project that examines the social and economic impact of Internet connectivity initiatives through case studies and controlled trials around the world. I received my Ph.D. in Communication and Information at Rutgers University, with a focus on adoption and use of ICTs by disadvantaged and underserved communities. Prior to that, I was a USAID Research and Innovation fellow at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where I worked on an ICT for development (ICTD) project, examining the measurements of impact, sustainability, and development in ICTD research.
Along with my research trajectory, I examined the social and economic impact of Internet connectivity in Rwanda, ICT adoption and use of immigrant women entrepreneurs in New York City, broadband adoption by low-socio economic communities in the U.S., and social media use by media organizations in Afghanistan. I have conducted research funded by USAID, EveryoneOn, New America, Internews Media, IBM, Yahoo, and National Science Foundation.
On a personal note, I’m of Turkish descent and got my bachelors in Psychology at Bogazici University in Istanbul. My name “Müge” comes from the French word Muguet and pronounced as Mew-geh (Audio Paris). When I’m not doing research, I’m likely listening to an interesting podcast, biking, swimming, hiking or planning for an adventurous trip. Currently, I’m writing about one of these trips and retrospectively trying to make sense of how I survived from my first cross-country motorcycle trip in Vietnam.
Email me at mhaseki[at]law[dot]upenn[dot]edu if you would like to hear more or to collaborate. I would like to hear from you too!