Fernanda Rosa

Virginia Tech

Science, Technology, and Society

Fernanda R. Rosa, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech. She is currently working on her second book project that builds a bridge between technical discussions on internet interconnection infrastructure and social justice to discuss internet governance and design from the standpoint of the global South. Using an original method defined as code ethnography, and transdisciplinary lens founded on science and technologies studies, decolonial and feminist studies, the book sheds light on the information circulation infrastructure of the internet with a design justice and policy approach. It situates the reader in indigenous and Latin American contexts to problematize the inequalities in the access to internet infrastructure and the circulation of global South data online. Fieldwork has been developed in Brazil, Mexico, Tseltal and Zapoteco sovereign territories, and Germany, an European counterpoint.


Dr. Rosa’s research has received several accolades, including from American University, AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers), Columbia University and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and TPRC (Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy).


Dr. Rosa was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, affiliated with CARGC (Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication) from 2019 to 2021. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from American University, in Washington DC., a Masters in Management and Public Policy from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), and a BA in Social Sciences from the University of São Paulo (USP). Currently, she is an Internet Governance Lab Fellow at American University and an active member of REDE (Rede de Pesquisa em Governança da Internet). She is the co-author of Mobile Learning in Brazil (Zinnerama, 2015) on technology and education issues.