michaelanneI am a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech.  My work draws on the fields of social computing, HCI and development, and anthropology to study information communication systems among underrepresented groups.

I am interested in themes of access and participation, and how those intersect with the social processes that underly information networks in constrained regions.  I explore these themes through ethnographic and qualitative research methods. My dissertation work explores evolving internet and social media engagements in Havana, Cuba, and the local innovations that have resulted due to a lack of access to the world wide web.

At Georgia Tech, I am advised by Amy Bruckman and Neha Kumar and I’m a member of the ELC Lab and the TanDem Lab.  I am also a Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellow.

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8.16.18 – I was awarded the $10,000 Global Impact Award from the ARCS Foundation!

8.6.18 – I was named a Foley Scholar Award Finalist.

5.24.18 – This summer, I’m working with Mary Gray as a research intern at Microsoft Research New England.

4.26.18 – I presented my paper,  “El Paquete Semanal: The Week’s Internet in Havana,” at the 2018 CHI Conference.

4.21.18 – I attended the Doctoral Consortium at the 2018 CHI Conference in Montreal.

3.21.18 – I gave a talk titled “Seamfully Interwoven: Piecing Together Cuba’s Internet,” at the University of Kentucky’s School of Information Science.

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