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Laura Hosman

Laura Hosman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science







Siegel Hall 116 B


Ph.D., University of Southern California, Political Economy and Public Policy (2006)
M.A., University of Southern California, Economics (2004)
M.A., University of Amsterdam, International Relations (2000)
B.A., Wheaton College, Political Science (1997)

Research Interests 

Information and communication technologies
International development
Science and technology policy
Renewable energy
Action-oriented research/projects


Dr. Laura Hosman received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining IIT, she was a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in National Resource Economics and Political Economy at University of California, Berkeley. She is the 2011 recipient of the Dean's Excellence Award for Teaching in the College of Science and Letters, as well as the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award in IIT's Interprofessional Projects Program (IPRO).

Dr. Hosman’s research specializations include information and communications technologies (ICT), international development, public policy, and renewable energy. She takes an action-oriented approach to her research and involves her students whenever possible. Dr. Hosman has received numerous grants to carry out her research, and has published in multiple and diverse scholarly journals.

Dr. Hosman has created a personal blog on that looks at technology-for-development projects being done on the ground in various locations that she has carried out her fieldwork, often in collaboration with her students at IIT. Visit Hosman's personal blog.

You can also view her personal page here.

Selected Publications 

Hosman, L. (2014, forthcoming). International Service-Learning Partnerships: Lessons of Successes and Challenges that Defy Simple Categorization. Partnerships: A Journal of Service Learning and Civic Engagement.

Hosman, L & Howard, P.N. (2014, forthcoming). Telecom Policy Across the Former Yugoslavia: Incentives, Challenges, and Lessons Learned. Journal of Information Policy.Hosman, L. & Cvetanoska, M. (2013).

Teachers, Technology, & Training: Combining Theory with Macedonia’s Experience. International Journal of Education and Development using ICT. 9(3) 28-49. Available at

Hosman, L. & Baikie, B. (2013). Re-Engineering Cloud Computing Data Centers for Developing Regions: Making Solar PV Energy Feasible. IEEE IT Professional, March-April, 15-21.

Hosman, L., & Fife, E. (2012). The Use of Mobile Phones for Development in Africa: Top-Down-Meets-Bottom-up Partnering. The Journal of Community Informatics, 8(3).Available at

Baikie, B., & Hosman, L. (2011). Green Cloud Computing in Developing Regions: Moving Data and Processing Closer to the End User. Proceedings of the 2011 Technical Symposium at ITU Telecom World (ITU WT), Geneva, Switzerland, IEEE Press, 24-28.

Hosman, L. (2011). Making the Transition from Pilot to Scale: Examining Sustainability and Scalability Issues in a Public-Private Telecenter Partnership in Sri Lanka. Information Technology for Development, 17(3) 232-248.

Hosman, L. (2010). Policy Considerations from a Nationwide IT-in-Education Initiative: Macedonia Connects. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 7(4) 369-383.

Hosman, L. (2010). Policies, Partnerships, and Pragmatism: Lessons from an ICT-in-Education Project in Rural Uganda. Information Technology for International Development, 6(1), 48-64. Available at

Hosman, L. (2009). Dividing the Oils: Dynamic Bargaining as Policy Formation in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry. Review of Policy Research, 26(5), 609-632.

Hosman, L., Fife, E., & Armey, L. E. (2008). The Case for a Multi-Methodological, Cross-Disciplinary Approach to the Analysis of ICT Investment in the Developing World. Information Technology for Development, 14(4), 308-327.

Hosman, L. & Fife, E. (2008). Improving the Prospects for Sustainable ICT Projects in the Developing World. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 4(1), 51-70.

Hosman, L. & Fife, E. (2007). Public Private Partnerships and the Prospects for Sustainable ICT Projects in the Developing World. Journal of Business Systems Governance and Ethics, 2(3), 53-66. Available at