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I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. I research what compels people to “stay put” in places of extensive migration and social inequalities, investigating how they reframe staying as sustainable, even desirable. An ethnographer by training, I do interviews and participant observation to convey the experiences of migrant communities in Central America leveraging grassroots data practices for survival, dignity, and justice.

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Soy investigadora en la Facultad de Información de la Universidad de Michigan en los Estados Unidos. Investigo qué motiva a la gente a "quedarse" en entornos de migración y desigualdad extrema, analizando cómo replantean la permanencia como algo sostenible, incluso deseable. Utilizo etnografía y la observación participante para contar las experiencias de comunidades migrantes en Centroamérica que aprovechan la dataficación para la supervivencia, la dignidad y la justicia. 


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Research areas

Areas de investigación

My research is interdisciplinary by luck and ethnographic by design. I draw from migration studies; human-computer interaction; cultural anthropology; information communication technologies for social change; and science, technology, and society studies. Themes include aspirations and capabilities in migration; transnational information politics; reintegration; grassroots and citizen data activism; sociotechnical adaptation; and culturally responsive design.

Uso métodos de etnografía—es decir, observo la sociedad de una forma participativa—pero mis investigaciones son interdisciplinarias. Me baso en estudios de migración; interacción humano-computadora; antropología cultural; tecnologías de la información y las comunicaciones para el cambio social; y estudios de ciencia, tecnología y sociedad. Temas incluyen aspiraciones y capacidades en materia de migración; política de información transnacional; reintegración; dataficación y activismo ciudadano; adaptación sociotécnica; y diseño culturalmente receptivo. 

Updates

Actualizaciones

July 25-August 2, 2022
I joined the latest cohort of early career migration scholars at the Summer Institute for Migration Research Methods, hosted by the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative. The institute bridged forced and climate migration themes with big data and social networking approaches.

March 15, 2022
My latest paper “Coyotes, Caravans, and Connectivity: Digital Practices among Honduran Irregular Migrants” was accepted at the International Conference on Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD ‘22). See my talk and read some Q&As about ethical tensions and power dynamics pertinent to this work.

Based on migrants’ perceptions of phone-related monitoring and concerns of deportation and extortion, Dr. Kentaro Toyama and I contribute recommendations for clarifying suspicions over state and cartel surveillance and attending to a broader digital ecology to support migrants’ safety.

December 15, 2021
I designed a syllabus for #ImAlreadyHome: Community-Centered Approaches to Digital Technologies among Immigrants in the U.S. With support from the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative at Rackham Graduate School, this civic engagement course prepares grad students with the ability to discern connections between large-scale digital justice issues and lived experiences among local immigrant communities. Interested in adapting it for your classroom? Happy to share materials upon request.

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Contact me

Ponte en contacto conmigo

Email is the best way to contact me—you can send your inquiries, comments, and/or objections to ssimioni@umich.edu.

Otherwise, you can connect with me on LinkedIn.