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I am a second year doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I am also a second year HASTAC scholar and I really enjoy all of the opportunities I have received through HASTAC, including last years conference in Toronto.

My research focus is on Science and Technology Studies, the Digital Humanities, Latina/Latino navigations and discourses around technology, and queer of color critique. My dissertation looks at Latina telephone operators who entered the Telecommunications field after 1973, the year that AT&T entered the Consent Decree with the United States Equal Employment  Opportunity Commission. From this time I look at the decades since Latinas have worked in Telecommunications in Southern California, a history of rapid changing technology, gender roles, and racial identity come into play and intersect in the narrative of this time period. My work seeks to disrupt technological determinism and analyze the ways in which Latinas are made recognized subjects in digital capitalism.

I look forward to this year as a HASTAC scholar! 


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Your work sounds really interesting, Melissa -- as both a new resident of southern California, and a former employee at a call center, I'm definitely looking forward to hearing more! 

Also, I just started a fantasy basketball league for HASTAC scholars, so if you're interested in playing, just let me know. Thanks!