Headshot of Rutendo Renee Chabikwa
Headshot of Rutendo Renee Chabikwa


Rutendo Renee Chabikwa

Oxford University


I am a DPhil candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII). My research interrogates how women and queer people experience their citizenship when they engage with the state on social media, using Zimbabwe as a case study. This is important because women and LGBTQ+ individuals are excluded from conceptions of citizenship, democratic processes, and political expression while social media is considered a democratic space for political expression. My work combines feminist theory, political theory, and science and technology studies; with a unique focus on African perspectives in these areas. I hold an MSc in Women, Peace and Security from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA (Magna Cum Laude) in International Economics - French, and Global Studies from St. Lawrence University.