Director and Student Assistant
Directorship of the DHI is a rotating two-year term. The DHI Advisory Committee nominate and elect faculty from different UNF departments and colleges to serve as director.
I work on community-based research investigating the experience of deafness among deaf children and their families in Mexico City, Mexico. I received my PhD from the University of South Florida and taught in Mexico, Cambodia, Colorado, Arizona, and Florida before joining the faculty here at UNF. My areas of expertise include deafness, medical anthropology, Mexico, participatory ethnographic models, photovoice, sign language, and socio-cultural linguistic anthropology. As an anthropologist, some of my goals as DHI Director include bringing in more social science projects and perspectives, broadening the focus of 'digital' to include 'technology' more generally - from an anthropological perspective, 'culture' and 'technology' are very closely associated as fundamental characteristics among humans. I also wish to highlight the importance of public scholarship to make higher ed relevant to the community and to inspire undergrads and grad students to conduct independent research projects.
I am a Spanish major at UNF set to graduate in Spring 2022 with a minor in Economics. I am assisting in the creation of a prototype for a digital edition of Fernando de Montesinos's seventeenth-century manuscript “Ophir de España” in an internship with coloniaLab, a project within the Digital Humanities Institute.