Recent work on Latinx women’s socio-techno practices
My recent work on Data Citizenship: Latina Immigrants and Information Technologies in the Borderlands looks at how recently immigrated Mexican and Central American women in the borderlands of Southern California are surveilled by, live with and use information technologies, namely mobile devices- in lieu of full benefits of U.S. citizenship. I explore the processes of Latina information technology use in their own lives within the contested borderlands spaces in which they are both highly visible from surveillance technologies and highly invisible because of their citizenship status.
Villa-Nicholas, M. and Sweeney, M. (2019) “Designing the “good citizen” through Latina identity in USCIS’s virtual assistant “Emma”” Feminist Media Studies
Villa-Nicholas, M. (Forthcoming 2019) “Latinx Digital Memory: Identity Making in Real Time.” Social Media and Society
Austin, J. and Villa-Nicholas, M. (Forthcoming 2019) “Information Provision and the Carceral State: Race and Reference Beyond the Idea of the ‘Underserved.’” Radical Librarianship.
Villa-Nicholas, M (May 2018). “Terror by Telephone: Normative Anxieties around Obscene Calls in the 1960s." First Monday. 23.5
Velez, L. and Villa-Nicholas, M. (Spring 2017) “Mapping Race and Racism in U.S. Library History Literature, 1997-2015.” Library Trends. 65.4
Villa-Nicholas, M. (Spring 2017) “Ruptures in Telecommunications: Latina and Latino Information Workers in Southern California.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. 42.1
Villa-Nicholas, M. (Fall 2015) “Latina/o Librarian Technological Engagements: REFORMA in the Digital Age.” Latino Studies. 13.4
I’m currently teaching…
Searching for Answers: Meeting Users’ Information Needs.
Immigrant Information Contexts and Practices
Critical Disability Approaches in LIS
Information and Culture
The History of Libraries
Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Information Professions
Introduction to Information Science and Technologies
Document, Assess, Evaluate (Research Methods)
PhD in Information Science
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Reference by Mail
In Searching for Answers: Meeting Users’ Information Needs, we are currently answering Reference by Mail letters from incarcerated patrons. The larger purpose of this project is doing reference librarianship without reitnforcing the normalization of the carceral state. Check out our article in The Reference Librarian.