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Ph.D. student, Communication and Science Studies at UC San Diego.
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- Ph.D. student in Communication and Science Studies;
University of California, San Diego, since 2016.
- B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society (Life Sciences and Biotechnology);
Stanford University, 2010-2014.

Research Interests
keywords: (dis)ability, technology, culture
examples: technology in the media, superhero narratives and disability, transnational disability studies, digital game design & culture, learning/training via digital gaming, embodied storytelling, laboratory education and knowledge production

Work/Volunteer Experience
- Operations Lead, SMASH Academy Alumni Leadership Board; SMASH via the Kapor Center, 2017-2018.
- Honors Program Coordinator, McCoy Center for Ethics in Society; Stanford University, 2014-2016.
- Preceptor, The Leland Scholars Program; Stanford University, 2012-2013.

- Joseph Naiman Graduate Fellowship recipient, UC San Diego Program in Japanese Studies, AY 2018-19.
- Artist in Residence, OFFICE--SPACED Residency; Culture, Art, Technology Program at UC San Diego, Oct 2017-Feb 2018 (term 1).
- Cota Robles Diversity Fellowship recipient, UC San Diego Graduate Division, Sept 2016 - present.

Reyes, A. (2018). For the Ordinary, or the Extraordinary? Assistive Technology and Media Representation. Presented at Theorizing The Web 2018 in New York City, NY. Presentation recording here - begins at 27:35.
Review by Gabi Schaffzin here

Reyes, A. (2017). Press Start: Intersectionality, Video Games, and Identity. Presented at the Science Studies Program Biennial Conference at UC San Diego, CA.

About me

Older sister, dancer, anime enthusiast, and video gamer.

Alanna is an artist, researcher, and educator based in San Diego, CA. Alanna earned a B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) from Stanford University in 2014 with foci in chemistry and philosophy. During her time as a chemist, she was treasurer of the Alpha Alpha chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity, from 2012-2014.

Her dream is to become a professor and continue to mentor first-generation, low-income, underrepresented students the same way that she was mentored in the SMASH program. One of her greatest joys is following the development of Stanford's Leland Scholars Program, an organization she staffed during her junior year at Stanford.

Alanna is a classical ballerina by training, but loves to play and try all sports. Fun dance experiences include a workshop with Robert Moses Kin and a 3-year stint with Stanford's Bollywood fusion dance team, Dil Se. Next up: learning some martial arts fundamentals with the wonderful UCSD Yongmudo Hapkido group.

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Alanna Reyes
Department of Communication #0503
Media Center and Communication Building (MCC)
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA

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embodied storytelling collective (ESC)

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The Embodied Storytelling Collective (ESC for short) was founded in 2017 by four UCSD Communication PhD Students: Jonathan Walton, Amira Silver-Swartz, Caroline Collins, and Alanna Reyes. ESC was awarded the UCSD Sixth College's inaugural Culture, Art, and Technology OFFICE--SPACED residency for the 2017-2018 academic year.

ESC Website
Orientation video for ESCorp project



少し日本語が話せます。今年カリフォルニア大学サンディエゴ校の日本学科でクラスを受けました。今JAPN 10Cを受けます。日本語のクラスはちょっと難しいと思うていますが、楽しいと思います。



Nayemio - Origin

A few years ago, when I was trying to brainstorm a clever username that hadn't already been taken across multiple platforms, I found a post online that asked "what's your dragon name?" Curious, I followed the guidelines set by the post:
- Last two letters of your first name
- Middle two letters of your last name
- First two letters of your mother's name
- Last letter of your father's name
Thus, "nayemio" was born.