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Ph.D. student, Communication and Science Studies at UC San Diego.
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Research and experience

- 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
- Graduate research assistant, Listening to Waves project; Cognitive Science department at UC San Diego, 2018-Present.
- 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, 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.
- UC San Diego Communication Department First Year Fellowship, 2016-2017.


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.


Communication, Institutions, and Power (Spring 2019): A critical introduction to structures of communication formed across the intersections of the state, economy, and civil society. Includes historical survey of communication industries, legal and policy-based arenas, civic and political organizations, and other social institutions; and integrates scholarly study with production-oriented engagement.

Communication, Culture, and Representation (Winter 2019): A critical introduction to the practice and the effects of representation within historically situated cultural contexts. Surveys a range of theories/methods in interpretations and identity to understand the effects of these practices upon the form and content of various representational genres, and integrates scholarly study with production-oriented engagement.

Communication, the Person, and Everyday Life (Fall 2018): A critical introduction to processes of interaction and engagement in lived and built environments. Includes historical survey of theories/methods, including actor network theory, conversation analysis, ethnography, ethnomethodology, cultural linguistics, performance, and social cognition; and integrates scholarly study with production-oriented engagement.

Introduction to the History, Theory, and Practice of Communication (Summer 2018 & Summer 2019): A lecture and seminar introducing students to critical thought in language and literacy, representation and semiotics, mediated technologies and institutional formations, and social interaction. Integrates the study of communication with a range of media production (writing, electronic media, film, performance).

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. Her other hobbies include watching anime - My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan are two of her favorites - and playing video games. She's currently trying to find every last Korok seed in the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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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.

Things I enjoy watching

I've received a few requests for a list of anime that I enjoy watching. Here are a few~

All-Time Favorites:
Fullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodMy Hero Academia Attack on Titan
Currently starting/watching:
JoJo's Bizarre AdventureDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Visually gorgeous anime + gut-punch-feels storytelling:
Violet EvergardenVinland Saga
Cute anime for days that you need the universe to be gentle with your soul:
How To Keep a MummyMy Roommate is a CatOuran High School Host ClubRecovery of an MMO Junkie
Intriguing/puzzling mysterious anime:
ErasedThe Promised Neverland

Media Recommendations

I've curated a list of media that I often recommend to friends! Click the buttons below to navigate to each of my recommendation lists:

Reading Recommendations

Under construction! Check back soon :)