Mentor: Professor Rachel Buurma, English
Daniela is a senior pursuing an Honors major in Sociology and Anthropology, an Honors minor in Interpretation Theory, and a course minor in Spanish. Her scholarly interests are mostly focused on digital sociology, which takes a critical sociological lens to the relationships between Internet, networks, digital systems/tools and groups of people. Over the summer, Daniela worked with Professor John David Márquez as a part of Northwestern University’s Student Research Opportunity Program (SROP) on a project called “Form, Medium, Ideology: Creating and Critiquing Digital Activism in post-Obergefell v. Hodges America.” She spent eight weeks researching digital scholarship and theory through the analytical lens of queer digital activism that arose as a reaction to the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which ruled in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The project focused on the paradoxes and incompatibilities that face activists who situate or propel their movement on the Internet; tensions, more specifically, between activism and the Internet’s “form,” “medium” and “ideology.” Her contention was that queer digital activists have, indeed, been able to break through these limitations of form, medium and ideology to practice effective digital activism. Daniela plans to pursue a Ph.D. and a career that not only focuses on digital sociology and scholarship, but also integrates the digital into the practice of conducting digital scholarship itself. She is also particularly interested in how digital scholarship can inform understandings of the Latin@ experience, and hopes to find ways to ground her theoretical research interests in this community.