Shazeda is the 2019 Summer Fellow at Upturn. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. Her interview-driven doctoral dissertation investigates how tech firms and the Chinese government are collaboratively constructing the country's social credit system. In the past she has worked as a researcher for the Citizen Lab, the Mercator Institute for China Studies, Ranking Digital Rights, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Asia Society. During the 2018-19 academic year she lived in Beijing, China as a Fulbright fellow at Peking University's law school.
Shazeda grew up in Queens, New York and holds a B.A. in history and Mandarin from Bowdoin College.