michaelanneI am a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech.  My work draws on the fields of Anthropology, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), and ICTD (Information Communication Technologies & Development), to study how people collaboratively access and participate with internet technologies in constrained contexts.

Drawing on my training as a sociocultural anthropologist, my work focuses on underserved 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.

My dissertation analyzes how individuals in Havana, Cuba, collaboratively piece together multiple information infrastructures to create a uniquely “Cuban” internet against the backdrop of prohibitive 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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3.4.19 – I have accepted a presidential postdoctoral fellowship position at the University of Michigan’s School of Information starting Fall 2019!

1.15.19 – I wrote an article for ACM Interactions Mag on Cuba’s offline Internet.

1.4.19 – I served as a co-chair, panelist, and organizer at ICTDX in Ahmedabad, India.

11.4.18 – I co-organized a workshop, Solidarity Across Borders: Navigating Intersections Towards Equity & Inclusion, at the 2018 CSCW Conference.

10.30.18 – I presented my work at Microsoft Research’s Ph.D. Summit.

10.12.18 – I was named a 2018-2019 Foley Scholar.

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.

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