About Me

TwitterImageI am a Ph.D. student studying human-centered computing at Georgia Tech under the advisement of Amy Bruckman and Neha Kumar. Motivated by a social computing perspective in a human-computer interaction for development (HCI4D) context, my research aims to inform the responsible design of information-focused interventions for sustainable development.  I am also interested in how social media supports collaborative and resistive efforts among marginal and underrepresented groups. Currently, my work explores evolving internet and social media use in Cuba.

I have a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Georgia State University, specializing in cultural and digital anthropology. My research examined the use of Facebook for impression management and political activism by diasporic Hispanic groups. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Georgia.

In between getting my degrees, I worked as a social media manager and public relations officer at various organizations including Georgia Tech, Georgia Aquarium, Northside Hospital, and Cohen Wolfe. I’ve also worked as a private social media consultant for individuals, non-profits, and small businesses.

I enjoy collaborating with researchers across a variety of disciplines to examine how the internet is affecting the world. I am particularly interested in qualitative research methods, HCI4D, information communication technologies and development (ICTD), internet access interventions, hyper-local information infrastructures, e-democracy, activism through social media, and the virtual public sphere.


8.16.18 – I was awarded the $10,000 Global Impact Award as part of the ARCS Scholar Awards.

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.

12.11.17 – My paper, “El Paquete Semanal: The Week’s Internet in Havana,” was accepted at the 2018 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’18).

11.22.17 – I was selected to attend the Doctoral Consortia at the 2018 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’18).

11.19.17 – I’m excited to announce that I will be the Open Sessions Chair at the 2019 ACM Conference on Information Communication Technology for Development (ICTD).

8.10.17 – I received the $10,000 Herz Global Impact Award from the Achievement Rewards for Academic Scientists (ARCS) for a second year.

7.22.17 – I was named a Foley Scholar Finalist for a second year.

5.10.17 – I presented our paper, “Locating the Internet in the Parks of Havana,” at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2017.

4.21.17 – I successfully proposed my dissertation.

2.16.17 – My 2017 CHI paper received an Honorable Mention award.

1.31.17 – I was named a Microsoft Ph.D. Research Fellow.

12.11.16 – My co-authored paper, “Locating the Internet in the Parks of Havana,” was accepted at The Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2017.

11.9.16 – I presented my work in a poster session at the 2016 NetHope Global Summit.

10.1.16 – I was selected as a Foley Awards Scholar Finalist.

9.28.16 – I served as a panelist on The Hispanic Heritage Month Panel on “U.S. and Cuba Relations: Past, Present, and Future.”

9.16.16 – I was featured in a Reuter’s article: Millenials lead private media opening in Communist-run Cuba.

8.9.16 – I was named an ARCS Scholar and received the $10,000 Global Impact Award.

8.9.16 – I was featured in Columbia Journalism Review’s article: Seven signs Cuban media is moving towards openness.