Fernanda Rosa

University of Pennsylvania

Annenberg School for Communication

Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication

Fernanda R. Rosa, Ph.D., is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, with affiliation to the Center for Advanced Studies in Global Communication (CARGC). Her research applies a sociotechnical and decolonial lens to the study of internet interconnection infrastructure. She is interested in understanding how unbalanced relations of power emerge in underlying layers of the internet, and the consequent social, political and economic implications for the global South. Her work crosses North/ South boundaries by conducting ethnographic research in internet interconnection facilities and data centers in Brazil, Germany, Mexico, and in sovereign Tseltal and Zapoteco territories. It also crosses levels of materiality with the creation of an original research method, named code ethnography, to symmetrically approach the internet interconnection dynamics between the global North and the global South at the level of code.


In 2020, Dr. Rosa’s dissertation “Global Internet Interconnection Infrastructure: Materiality, Concealment and Surveillance in Contemporary Communication” received an Honorable Mention at the Association of Internet Researchers’s Best Dissertation Award. Her research has also received awards and grants from American University, Columbia University and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the TPRC (Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy).


Fernanda R. Rosa 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). Previously, she was a Google Policy Fellow at the Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales (R3D) in Mexico (2017), and a Next Generation Scholar at the Columbia University’s Tech & Policy Initiative (2016-2018). Currently, she is an Internet Governance Lab Fellow at American University. She is also the co-author of Mobile Learning in Brazil (Zinnerama, 2015) on technology and education issues.