Anushah Hossain is a postdoctoral fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab (2022-2023). Her research examines the histories and values embedded in the multilingual internet. She does so by studying language technologies – the digital standards and code – that make it possible to send and receive non-Latin text online, and the communities that design them. Her work brings internet studies into conversation with sociolinguistics and histories of decolonization, contending with such issues as the evolving language politics of the digital age and the impact of postcolonial aspirations on internet infrastructure.
During her fellowship year, she will be working with Stanford Libraries’ Silicon Valley archives to trace the development of multilingual computing in the Cold War era.
Anushah completed her PhD in the interdisciplinary Energy and Resources program at UC Berkeley, where she trained in history and anthropology of science. She holds BAs in History and Economics from the same institution.