I’m a PhD student at the University of Michigan School of Information. My research explores how Central American migrants use technology to cross international borders and how sociotechnical strategies can support their safety and human dignity on the migrant trail. I use participant observation, in-depth interviews, and other ethnographic methods to convey the experiences of communities in Latin America and the United States impacted by transnational violence.

See my CV.

Soy estudiante de doctorado en la Facultad de Ciencias de Información en la Universidad de Michigan. Mi investigación explora el uso de tecnología por parte de los migrantes centroamericanos para el cruce clandestino de fronteras y estrategias sociotécnicas para apoyar su bienestar y dignidad humana. Trabajo con comunidades en América Latina y los Estados Unidos afectadas por fuerzas transnacionales para transmitir sus experiencias a través de entrevistas y observación participante.

Drop me a line at ssimioni [at] umich [dot] edu.

Research areas
and context

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; displacement and family separation policies; digital privacy; and gender 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; desplazamiento y separación de familias; privacidad digital; y violencia de género.



July-August 2020
I conducted remote in-depth interviews and online participant observation with Cuban residents in Havana to explore how the concept of “resolviendo” is used on the island as a cultural ideology and an economic strategy. Dr. Michaelanne Dye leads the project in efforts to understand sociotechnical innovations borne from prolonged crises. 

March 5-6, 2020
I presented at the University of Michigan-Universidad de Puerto Rico Collaborative Symposium on the UPR Rio Piedras campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This year’s theme was Integrating the Concept of Vulnerability into the Classroom, which focused on developing research curricula for secondary school classrooms. Stay tuned for a middle school-level lesson plan on Honduran migration during the Trump era.

May 21-August 6, 2019
I conducted preliminary fieldwork in the Departments of Copán, Cortés, and Francisco Morazán in Honduras. This summer marked a preliminary step towards understanding how Hondurans who clandestinely cross the border use technnology to facilitate their journey.

May 4-9, 2019
I co-presented a Best Paper in Glasgow, Scotland with Dr. Tawanna Dillahunt at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ‘19). Our work, “Online Grocery Delivery Services: An Opportunity to Address Food Disparities in Transportation-scarce Areas”, assesses the feasibility of technological interventions in enabling access to healthier food selections and engendering health empowerment in low-resource contexts.

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