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Magally Miranda Alcázar

PhD candidate | UCLA

Magally ‘Maga’ Miranda Alcázar is a writer, researcher, educator, and organizer based in Los Angeles. She is a PhD candidate in Chicana/o and Central American studies at UCLA. Her research explores the impacts of technological innovations on Latinx communities in the United States and transnationally. Her dissertation, “Disruptive Domésticas: Immigrant Latina Domestic Workers in the Shadow of Technocapitalism,” centers the experience of racialized and gendered workers in paid and unpaid caregiving roles who are often depicted as nonmodern Others in contemporary technolocapitalist imaginaries of expert knowledge and innovation. Their methods emphasize collaborative knowledge production and shared protocols with communities, challenging the extractivist impulses of big data and repository building and troubling the borders between participant/observer and expert/lay knower. Her research has been supported by the Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, the NASEM Ford Predoctoral Fellowship, and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Miranda has written on themes related to race, gender, labor, immigration, and technology in Aztlán, The Nation, Verso, and the New Left Review.

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