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Fernanda R. Rosa

Fernanda Rosa, Assistant Professor

Fernanda Rosa, Assistant Professor
Fernanda Rosa, Assistant Professor

Department of Science, Technology, and Society
280 Alumni Mall
321 Lane Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061

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 whose narrative builds a bridge between technical debates on internet interconnection infrastructure and social justice to examine internet governance and design from the standpoint of the global South. Using an original method defined as code ethnography, and a 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 values embedded in information circulation infrastructure of the internet. Brazil, Germany, Mexico, and Tseltal and Zapoteco sovereign territories are the fieldwork sites of this study.

Dr. Rosa’s research has received several accolades, including an Honorable Mention for the Association of Internet Researchers' Best Dissertation Award.

Before coming to Virginia Tech, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, affiliated with CARGC (Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication). She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from American University, in Washington DC., a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), and a BA in Social Sciences from Universidade de São Paulo (USP). 

Dr. Rosa is the co-author of Mobile Learning in Brazil (Zinnerama, 2015) on technology and education issues.

She also speaks Portuguese and Spanish.

  • Global Communication
  • Internet Governance & Policy
  • Indigenous Design
  • Design Justice
  • Infrastructure Studies
  • Global South
  • PhD in Communication, American University, with distinction
  • Master's in Public Policy and Management, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), with honors
  • BA in Social Sciences, Universidade de São Paulo (USP)


Rosa, F. R.; Azenha, G. S. (2015). Mobile Learning in Brazil: Management and Implementation of Current Policies and Future Perspectives. São Paulo: Zinnerama. 435p. (English and Portuguese)

  • Rosa, F. R. (forthcoming) Made in Brazil: Conspiracy Theory and the Flow of Information in One-to-One WhatsApp Conversations. Preludios.
  • Vicentin, D.; Rosa, F. R. (2020) 5G e Covid-19: das teorias da conspiração ao domínio da infraestrutura de vigilância. Revista Comciência, n 218.
  • Rosa, F. R. (2018) Understanding Algorithms: Properties and Dilemmas. In Brazilian Network Information Center (ed.) ICT Households. São Paulo: NIC.BR. pp. 193-198.
  • Rosa, F. R. & Vicentin, D. (2016). Governança da Internet e suas Implicações para as Políticas Públicas Critical Reviews on Latin American Research, v. 5 n. 1, pp. 57-77.
  • Rosa, F. R. (2013) Digital inclusion as public policy: disputes in the human rights field. Sur - International Journal on Human Rights, v. 10 n. 18, Jun, 2013 (English, Spanish and Portuguese), p. 32-53

Book and Book Chapters

  • Rosa, F. R.; Clifford. M.; Sinnreich, A. (2021) The More Things Change: Who Gets Left Behind as Remix Goes Mainstream? In Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher and xtine burrough The Handbook of Remix Studies and Digital Humanities, New York: Routledge.
  • Rosa, F. R.; Dias; M. C. N. (in memoriam) (2021) Letramento digital: significados existentes e a proposição de um conceito. In: Pereira Neto, A.; Flynn, M. (orgs.). Internet e Saúde no Brasil: Desafios e Tendências. 1 ed. São Paulo: Cultura Acadêmica/UNESP.
  • Rosa, F. R. (2020) Infrastructure as 'public good': The Limits of Local Governance in a Global Internet. In Critical Digital Sovereignties. Philadelphia: CARGC Press
  •  “Quem Infraestrutura a Internet?,” Federal University of Amazonas, Brazil, 2019
  • “M&E in Mobile Learning Policies: lessons from Brazil” Mobile Learning Week, Plenary Speaker, UNESCO, Paris, France, 2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC), University of Pennsylvania, 2019-2021
  • Google Policy Fellowship, Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales, Mexico, 2017
  • Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Carnegie Corporation of New York Research Internet Governance Award, 2017
  • Roundtable Speaker, “Novos desafios da Internet e seus impactos geopolíticos,” Ciclo de Debates, School of Internet Governance and Anatel (Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency), Brazil, 2021
  • Guest Teaching, “Etnografia do Código,” Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), Brazil, 2020
  • Guest Teaching, “Etnografia do Código,” Fundação Escola de Sociologia e Política (FESP), Brazil, 2020
  • Podcast Interviewee, “Internet e Concentração de Poder,” Tecnopolítica, Brazil, 2019
  • Roundtable Speaker, “Internet Governance and Network Infrastructure,” Communication and Democracy Seminar, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil, 2018

Honorable Mention, Association of Internet Researchers' Best Dissertation Award, 2020