Sylvia's research explores migrants’ use of technology for clandestine border crossing in Central America and sociotechnical strategies for supporting their safety, privacy, and human dignity on the migrant trail. She uses participant observation, in-depth interviews, and related ethnographic methods to convey the experiences of communities in Latin America and the United States impacted by transnational violence.
Areas of interest
Her work is situated within the domains of human-computer interaction; critical ethnography; information communication technologies for social change; science, technology, and society studies; and (im)migration. Contexts include migration corridors in the Western Hemisphere; displacement and family separation sanctioned by U.S. immigration policy; and digital privacy and risk.
Honors & Awards
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