I am an Assistant Professor/Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. My work draws on the fields of Anthropology, CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work), and ICTD (Information Communication Technologies & Development) to study how people collaboratively design, access, and participate with internet technologies in constrained contexts.
Drawing on my training as a sociocultural anthropologist, my work focuses on under-represented groups to investigate (1) internet access in resource-constrained regions; (2) the design of citizen-led information systems; and (3) social media use for social change. Currently, I am investigating the ways people collaboratively innovate and make do amidst constraint and ongoing crises and the sociotechnical systems that emerge in these contexts.
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1.15.21 – My paper, Un Grano de Arena: Infrastructural Care, Social Media, and the Venezuelan Humanitarian Crisis was published in CSCW.
4.1.20 – My workshop paper, Internet-human infrastructures: Lessons from Havana’s StreetNet, with
Abigail Z. Jacobs was nominated as a best paper at The Web Conf Workshop on Innovative Ideas in Data Science
2.24.20 – I participated in the Computing Research Association (CRA) Career Mentoring Workshop.
1.24.20 – I was an invited panelist at the launch event for the new Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC), led by Christian Sandvig and Silvia Lindtner.
1.23.20 – I joined the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC) at the University of Michigan as an affiliate faculty member.
12.4.19 – I joined the Digital Studies Institute (DSI) at the University of Michigan as an affiliate faculty member.
11.12.19 – I presented my paper, “If it Rains, Ask Grandma to Disconnect the Nano: Maintenance & Care in Havana’s StreetNet” at CSCW 2019 in Austin, TX.
11.10.19 – I submitted to and attended the Politics and Design of Collaboration: A Grassroots Perspective workshop at CSCW 2019.
9.30.19 – My paper, “If it Rains, Ask Grandma to Disconnect the Nano: Maintenance & Care in Havana’s StreetNet”, received a Best Paper Honorable Mention at CSCW 2019.
8.1.19 – I started my new position as a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow/Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information.
6.18.19 – I became a member of the 2019 cohort of the Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) Researchers.
6.8.19 – I successfully defended my dissertation, Vamos a Resolver: Collaboratively Configuring the Internet in Havana.
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