Laura Hosman is Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Social Sciences at Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to IIT, Professor Hosman held postdoctoral research fellow positions at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California (USC). She graduated with a PhD in Political Economy and Public Policy from USC. Her current research focuses on the role for information and communications technology (ICT) in developing countries, particularly in terms of its potential effects on socio-cultural factors, human development, and economic growth. Her work focuses on two main areas: Public-Private Partnerships and ICT-in-education, both with a focus on the developing world. Her blog, giving insights on her fieldwork experiences, is at http://ict4dviewsfromthefield.wordpress.com and the website detailing her current project in Haiti is at http://iitempoweringhaiti.org .