ProfileIsabelle A. Zaugg's research interests revolve around language & culture, media, and digital technologies in the global public sphere. Her dissertation entitled "Digitizing Ethiopic: Coding for Linguistic Continuity in the Face of Digital Extinction" investigates the relationship between digitally-disadvantaged languages and patterns of mass extinction of language diversity. Her dissertation approaches global concerns through a case study focused on the Ethiopian and Eritrean languages that utilize the Ethiopic script. It addresses the extent to which the script and its languages are supported in the digital sphere, including tracing the history of its inclusion in Unicode. It concludes with policy, governance, and advocacy recommendations to better support digitally-disadvantaged languages, in turn supporting their long-term survival.
Zaugg earned a PhD in Communication from American University in Washington, D.C. in 2017. She earned an MA in Film & Video from American University in 2013 and a BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University in 2006. She was a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellow to Ethiopia in 2016-2017 and a Fulbright Student Fellow to Ethiopia in 2012-2013, teaching a filmmaking course to students at Addis Ababa University. She began her scholarly engagement with Ethiopia as a study-abroad student at Addis Ababa University in 2004-2005. She is currently a Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow in "Global Language Justice" at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. She’s an alumna of the United World College of the Adriatic, and was born and raised in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado.
- Zaugg, I.A. Digitizing Ethiopic: Coding for Linguistic Continuity in the Face of Digital Extinction, Dissertation, American University School of Communication, 2017.
- Loomis, S.R., Pandey, A., and Zaugg, I. “Full Stack Language Enablement,” Steven R. Loomis Blog, 2017.
- Zaugg, I.A., and Nishimura, E. “Angola and Kenya Pavilions in the 2013 Venice Biennale: African Contemporary Art and Cultural Diplomacy in the ‘Olympics of Art.’” The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society 45 (2): 134–49, 2015.
- Zaugg, I.A. “Dark Continent or Vibrant Emerging Economy? Framing and the Global Image of African Countries,” climateshiftproject.org, 2013.
- The Strong Force (2016)
- Involve Me, Season 3 (2013). Fulbright Fellow to Ethiopia, Film Instructor, and Creative Director for TV program showcasing youth filmmakers' one-minute films. Involve Me, Season 3 aired on Ethiopian Television in 2013, reaching an audience of 7+ million youth.
- BF Superstars (2011)
- Diaspora Mother (2011)
- At Home in the Valley (2006)
- Montgomery, K.C. “Youth and Surveillance in the Facebook Era: Policy Interventions and Social Implications.” Telecommunications Policy, Special Issue On The Governance Of Social Media, 39, no. 9 (October 2015): 771–86.
- Montgomery, K.C., Chester, J., and Kopp, K. “Health Wearable Devices in the Big Data Era: Ensuring Privacy, Security, and Consumer Protection.” Center for Digital Democracy, American University School of Communication, Dec. 15, 2016.