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Sylvia Darling

Sylvia Darling


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


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UMSI researchers recognized with 3 Best Paper awards at 2019 CHI conference

UMSI faculty and students took three best paper and five honorable mention awards at the upcoming CHI conference. 

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