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Sylvia Simioni

Sylvia Simioni


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


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Can online grocery delivery services address 'food deserts'?

Tawanna Dillahunt and her research team conducted a small-scale pilot study in low-income areas in southeastern Michigan. 

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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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