Melissa Villa-Nicholas is originally from Los Angeles and Riverside in Southern California. She has her B.A. from Azusa Pacific University in English and Global Studies, her M.A. from Claremont Graduate University in Cultural Studies, and her M.L.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also worked for Habitat for Humanity and Public Counsel Law Center as a volunteer coordinator. As a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at UIUC, her research interests include representations/surviellance of citizenship by information technologies, Latino/a social memory, and race/class/gender in relationship to technologies.