Bridging the fields of social computing and ICTD (Information Communication Technologies & Development), I use qualitative methods to study how underrepresented groups collaboratively access and participate with information communication technologies (ICTs) in politically and resource-constrained societies. Drawing on my training as a sociocultural anthropologist, my work investigates (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 work explores evolving internet use in Havana, Cuba, and the local design of information infrastructures. I’m also conducting ongoing work regarding the use of social media during the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis.
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, where my studies centered on Spanish media and culture.
In between getting my degrees, I worked as a social media and public relations manager at 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 engagements with digital technologies among traditionally underrepresented groups. I am particularly interested in qualitative research methods, social computing, 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.
I also enjoy exploring remote places, throwing impromptu dance parties, reading historical fiction, and playing with all kinds of animals.
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.
8.16.18 – I was awarded the $10,000 Global Impact Award as part of the ARCS Scholar Awards.
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.