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Héctor Beltrán

 Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Héctor Beltrán is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at MIT. He is a sociocultural anthropologist who draws upon his background in computer science to understand how the technical aspects of computing intersect with issues of identity, race, ethnicity, class, and nation.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Beltrán’s journey

Selected readings

2020 “Code Work: Thinking with the System in México.” American Anthropologist 122(3): pp. 487-500.

2020 “The First Latina Hackathon: Re-coding Infrastructures from México.» Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience 6(2).

•  2021 “Cybraceros: The Promise and Perils of Border Hacking.” Hack_Curio, September 7.

2019 Interview with Data and Society Research Institute for #unsettle: Strategies for Decolonizing Tech Research post, December 9, 2019.

Watch Prof. Beltrán present on “Making Latinx Makers” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

Listen to Prof. Beltrán’s insights about his professional journey in El Café Latinx podcast