Ali Karimi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He holds a Masters' degree in Communication from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelors' degree in Film Studies from Kabul University, Afghanistan. Ali is interested in critical media studies and cultures of communication in the Middle East. His doctoral dissertation, supported by a Vanier Scholarship, addresses the challenges of governance in Afghanistan by investigating the history, politics, and technologies of calculation in the Afghan capital. His article on the practice of place naming in Kabul city is published in Annals of the American Association of Geographers and his article on tactical media is forthcoming in Communication, Culture & Critique. Ali has also written for popular press including Foreign Policy, openDemocracy and the Persian services of BBC and Deutsche Welle.