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I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. I research forced migration and grassroots data to devise sociotechnical strategies that support migrants’ dignity and survival. An ethnographer by training, I do interviews and participant observation to convey the experiences of communities in Latin America and the United States affected by systemic injustice. 

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Soy investigadora en la Facultad de Información de la Universidad de Michigan. Investigo sobre migración y datos de base para diseñar estrategias que apoyan la dignidad y superviviencia de los migrantes. Utilizo etnografía y la observación participante para transmitar las experiencias de comunidades latinas afectadas por la injusticia sistémica.

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Research areas

Areas de investigación

My work 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. Contexts include migration corridors in the Western Hemisphere (Central America and the United States); displacement and family separation policies; digital privacy; and gender-based violence.

Mis investigaciones están situadas en los ámbitos de estudios de migración; la interacción humano-computadora; antropología cultural; tecnología para el cambio social; y estudios de ciencia, tecnología y sociedad. Los contextos incluyen migración en el hemisferio occidental (Centroamérica y los Estados Unidos); desplazamiento y separación de familias; privacidad digital; y violencia de género.

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.