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NewMinErs around the world: Dr. Sara Vannini

The NewMinE Lab is a stepping stone to the world, launching researchers and leaders in the field of e-learning, e-government and information and communication technologies and human development. Today, we are proud to present the story of Dr. Sara Vannini, former PhD candidate and Post-Doctoral researcher (Jan. 2010 – June 2016) and Executive Director of the NewMinE Lab from January 2013 to June 2016.

Dr. Vannini spent two years at the TASCHA research group of the University of Washington Information School, Seattle, as a SNSF Research Fellow, working on public access to ICTs and mobile information literacy. After that, she was appointed as a Lecturer at UW Department of Communication of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is now starting her second year teaching full time in the Integrated Social Sciences (ISS) program, the first (and only!) undergraduate program at UW that is offered completely online. In ISS and through online education, she pursues values of equity and inclusion, by providing opportunities to pursue a high quality baccalaureate degree to students often facing a variety of institutional and interpersonal barriers, such as family commitments, work and financial obligations, gender and sexuality preconceptions, and the legacies of racist exclusion. Dr. Vannini teaches foundational courses in the social sciences, introduction to research methods, online communication and promotion, the digital divide, the role of digital media in shaping our economic, political and cultural lives, and the impact of social media on public opinion and political discourse.

Besides teaching at ISS, Dr. Vannini continues her research on the uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social change and community development, the cultural appropriation and meaning making of ICTs in different contexts, and ICTs and information studies within migration and sanctuary practices. Her scholarship is informed by post-colonial theories and participatory methodologies, with a special attention to visual methods.