Sylvia is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. She researches migration, gender, and digital tech with the intent to devise sociotechnical strategies that support migrants’ survival and human dignity as they cross borders. An ethnographer by training, she uses participant observation and in-depth interviews to convey the experiences of communities in Latin America and the United States impacted by transnational injustice.
Areas of interest
Her work is situated within the domains of migration studies; human-computer interaction; cultural anthropology; information communication technologies for social change; and science, technology, and society studies. Contexts include migration corridors in the Western Hemisphere; displacement and family separation policies; digital privacy; and gender violence.
Honors & Awards
2021 U.S. Fulbright Student Research Award, Honduras
2019 ACM CHI Best Paper Award
2018 ACM CHI Best Paper Award
2017 Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
2014 Phi Beta Kappa, University of Virginia