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David Nemer

 Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Assistant Professor, Media Studies, University of Virginia


David Nemer is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Affiliated Faculty in Latin American Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of “Technology of the Oppressed” (forthcoming February 2022, MIT Press) and “Favela Digital: The other side of technology” (2013, GSA). Nemer has a PhD in Computing, Culture, and Society from Indiana University, and a Master’s in Anthropology from the University of Virginia, and in Computer Science from Saarland University. He is also an Affiliated Scholar at Princeton University’s Brazil Lab.

Scholarly beginnings

A research idea

Envisioning possible futures in the field of communication and media studies

Learn more about Prof. Nemer’s journey

Selected readings

Nemer, D. (Forthcoming, February 2022). Technology of the Oppressed: Inequity and the digital mundane in favelas of Brazil. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 

Nemer, D. (2021) Disentangling Brazil’s Disinformation Insurgency, NACLA Report on the Americas, 53(4).

Nemer, D., & Gray, K., (2019). Reproducing hierarchies or resisting domination: exploring the gendering of technology spaces in the favelas. Gender, Technology and Development, 20(1), 76-92.

Nemer, D., & Chirumamilla, P. (2019). Living in the Broken City: Infrastructural Inequity, Uncertainty, and the Materiality of the Digital in the Favelas of Brazil. In D. Ribes & J. Vertesi (Eds.), digitalSTS: A Handbook and Fieldguide. Princeton University Press. 

Dye, M., Nemer, D., Bruckman, A. S., & Kumar, N. (2018). El Paquete Semanal: The Week’s Internet in Havana. In the Proceedings of 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (p. 639). ACM.

Watch Prof. Nemer present on “Technology of the Oppressed: Inequity and the digital mundane in Favelas of Brazil” at the Center for Latinx Digital Media

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