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Mustafa Naseem

Clinical Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information Email: [email protected] Phone: 734/615-7505
Office: School of Information/105 S State Street Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website News About Mustafa Naseem


Mustafa Naseem is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Information at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Mustafa's interests lie at the intersection of technology and and social impact. Mustafa'a recent focus is on designing technologies that enable behavior change among men in patriarchal countries with a goal to improve the health of women and children in low-income communities.

Mustafa has taught and led ICT, design, and entrepreneurship programs in six countries in Africa, Asia and North America, and prior to joining Michigan Mustafa was the ICTD Expert-in-Residence at the ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado Boulder. He received his Master’s degree from the ATLAS Institute on a Fulbright Scholarship, and was shortlisted among 12 finalist Rolex Awards for Enterprise Young Laureates in 2016.

Mustafa aspires to, and believes in, scaling solutions through the public sector and non-profit partners to create sustainable impact. A few of Mustafa's projects have impacted tens of thousands of lives in Punjab, Pakistan. Mustafa's work has been been supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), among others. A list of recent projects include:

Selected Publications:

• Ammari, T., Nofal, M., Naseem, M. , Mustafa, M. (2022). Moderation as Empowerment: Creating and Managing Women-Only Digital Safe Spaces. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 6, CSCW2, Article 313 (November 2022), 36 pages. Taipei, Taiwan. November 12-16, 2022.

• Raza, A. A., Naseem, M., Hayat Qasmi, N., Randhawa, S., Malik, F., Taimur, B., … & Vashistha, A. (2022, April). Fostering Engagement of Underserved Communities with Credible Health Information on Social Media. In Proceedings of the ACM Web Conference 2022 (pp. 3718-3727).

• Jiang, Q., Naseem, M., Lai, J., Toyama, K., & Papalambros, P. (2022, June). Understanding Power Differentials and Cultural Differences in Co-design with Marginalized Populations. In ACM SIGCAS/SIGCHI Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (COMPASS) (pp. 165-179).

• Batool, A., Toyama, K., Veinot, T., Fatima, B., & Naseem, M. (2021, May). Detecting Data Falsification by Front-line Development Workers: A Case Study of Vaccination in Pakistan. In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-14).

• Naseem, M., Younas, F., & Mustafa, M. (2020). Designing Digital Safe Spaces for Peer Support and Connectivity in Patriarchal Contexts. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 4(CSCW2), 1-24.

• Younas, F., Naseem, M., & Mustafa, M. (2020, June). Patriarchy and social media: Women only facebook groups as safe spaces for support seeking in Pakistan. In Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (pp. 1-11).

• Naseem, M., Saleem, B., St-Onge Ahmad, S., Chen, J., & Raza, A. A. (2020, April). An Empirical Comparison of Technologically Mediated Advertising in Under-Connected Populations. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-13).



Areas of interest


Honors and awards

• Diversity and Inclusion Award for “Designing Digital Safe Spaces...” (CSCW 2020)
• Best Paper Honorable Mention for “An Empirical Comparison...” (CHI 2020)
• Named among the top-12 finalists for the Rolex Young Laureate Award for Enterprise (2016)
• Awarded the Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship, University of Colorado Boulder (2011 – 2013)


MS in ICT and Development (ICTD), University of Colorado Boulder

BS in Electrical Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan

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