About Me

MichaelanneI am a Ph.D. student studying human-centered computing at Georgia Tech under the advisement of Amy Bruckman and Neha Kumar. Motivated by a social computing perspective in a human-computer interaction for development (HCI4D) context, my research aims to inform the responsible design of information-focused interventions for sustainable development.  I am also interested in how social media supports collaborative and resistive efforts among marginal and underrepresented groups. Currently, my work explores evolving internet and social media use in Cuba.

I have a Master’s degree in Anthropology, specializing in cultural and cyber anthropology. My research examined the use of Facebook for impression management and political activism by diasporic Hispanic groups.

In between getting my degrees, I worked as a social media manager and public relations officer at various 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 how the internet is affecting the world. I am particularly interested in qualitative research methods, 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.