Myesha Jemison is a PhD student at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, a Graduate Student Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the Institute for Technology and Humanity and a member of Trinity College, Cambridge. Her PhD research looks at how Cambridge Analytica, including its parent company Strategic Communications Laboratories Group (SCL Group) and its research arm, the Behavioural Dynamics Institute (BDi), built scientific credibility without achieving transparency into their science and methodologies. Her dissertation also investigates how young democracies in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa built credibility in their electoral systems.
Myesha earned her undergraduate degree at Princeton University where she studied Portuguese and Environmental Engineering with certificates in African Studies, African American Studies, Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies. She earned her graduate degree at Columbia University in Computing in Education with additional coursework in data science and statistics. Myesha’s PhD is funded by the Gates Cambridge Trust, and her previous degrees were funded by the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program.
Myesha’s extracurricular activities centre on her nonprofit Kindred Laboratories, Inc., an innovative organisation leading an educational revolution. Kindred’s mission is to transform the way we engage with knowledge, leveraging cultural education, digital technology, and rigorous research to bridge information gaps and empower individuals and communities to curate their own narratives. Kindred champions marginalised voices, challenges educational norms, and leverages digital tools to create a world where knowledge is accessible to all. Kindred’s current research project ‘Kente and Kinship: Mapping the Engagement of Ghanaian Poets with African Descendants of Slavery in the United States through Poetry’ is graciously hosted by Cambridge Digital Humanities and funded by the African Poetry Digital Humanities Grant through the Mellon Foundation.