Camilla Hawthorne


I am a a Ph.D. student in UC Berkeley’s Geography department, studying new media, communication, and immigration/diaspora issues. What are the implications of increasingly affordable, fast, accessible tools for transnational communication, especially for migrant communities? That's the question that drives my research.

Previously, I worked as a new media specialist in the international broadcasting industry. I collaborated with reporters to develop strategies for using social media, crowdsourcing, mobile phones, and other new media tools to deliver news and engage with audiences around the world, often in very challenging, closed environments. I have had the honor of training incredible, dedicated journalists from places as far-flung as Iran, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan.

Stories by this author

  • Image of Lampedusa
    | March 13th, 2011
    An idyllic Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea, Lampedusa is perhaps best known as an entry point for migrants hoping to make their way to the European mainland. Lampedusa, geographically closer to North Africa than Italy, is a gateway of sorts...
  • Child looking at games
    | January 29th, 2011
    I've been thinking about games quite a bit lately. Maybe it's because I'm saving up money for a Kinect; maybe it's because I just downloaded Jane McGonigal's new book, Reality is Broken. Whatever the reason, I'm completely taken in by the idea that...