Isabelle A. Zaugg is a communication scholar and filmmaker whose work focuses on language, culture, and digital technologies. Her research investigates the relationship between gaps in support for digitally-disadvantaged languages and the patterns of mass extinction of those languages. Her primary focus has been studying the digital history and online vitality of the Ethiopian and Eritrean languages that use the Ethiopic script. She studies the extent to which the script and its languages are supported in the digital sphere. She has proposed policy, governance, and advocacy solutions to digitally support disadvantaged languages. As a Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, she helped lead the Sawyer Seminar on Global Language Justice. She developed and taught two courses, including Global Language Justice in the Digital Sphere, which was listed in the Columbia Daily Spectator as one of the “Courses we loved: Staff picks for 2019.” Her second course, designed with Lydia Liu and DSI’s Smaranda Muresan, was awarded a Collaboratory@Columbia fellowship. She also teaches Multilingual Technologies and Language Diversity with Muresan. She studies the Collaboratory@Columbia program, which seeks to merge the study of data science with more traditional fields. She holds a Ph.D. in communication from American University. She hails from the San Luis Valley, Colorado, but calls Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, her home.