Anita Say Chan

2019-2020 Faculty Fellow

Anita Say Chan is an Associate Professor of Communications in School of Information Sciences and the College of Media at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. At UIUC, she also holds the Fiddler Innovation Faculty Fellowship at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Her research and teaching interests include globalization and data cultures, innovation networks and the “periphery,” and science and technology studies in Latin America. She received her PhD in 2008 from the MIT Doctoral Program in History; Anthropology; and Science, Technology, and Society. Her first book–Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism–which explored the competing imaginaries of global connection and information technologies in network-age Peru, was released by MIT Press in 2014. As a 2018-19 Data & Society Fellow, she will advance research on civic technoscience and decolonial, feminist data collectives in Latin America that work to reconfigure dominant Western economic and cultural frameworks around big data via the fostering of local sites of intersectional and interdisciplinary data dialogues.

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