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Alanna Reyes

Ph.D. Student, Communication and Science Studies

Alanna Reyes is a Ph.D. student, artist, researcher, and educator based in San Diego, CA. Her research investigates the ways that representations of disabled bodies and assistive technologies in media teach people how to understand and interact with cultural concepts of disability, science, and engineering. Her favorite case study so far: superheroes, and superhero technology. 

Before coming to UCSD, Alanna worked with the Kapor Center and the Stanford Center for Ethics in Society

Ph.D. in Communication and Science Studies; University of San Diego, California; 2016 - Present 

M.A. in Communication; University of San Diego, California; awarded 2018 B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society; Stanford University; awarded 2014

Pronouns: she/they

About me: I grew up in Cupertino, CA. I’m a big fan of anime and manga and I’m always looking for new recommendations. My favorites include One Piece, My Hero Academia, and Dorohedoro. When I’m not watching anime, I’m usually wandering around outside or conducting an experiment in the kitchen. 

How did I get to UCSD: After I finished undergrad I knew I wanted to earn my Ph.D., so I applied to a few different schools. I came to UCSD’s Communication department to research the relationship between popular culture, disability, and technology after meeting many of our awesome professors. Over the past 2 years I have been a TA for the department and I love to support our Comm undergrads. When the opportunity arose for me to support Comm undergrads in a new role as the Undergraduate Student Services Intern, I jumped at the chance! 

Fun Fact: The closest I’ve come to meeting a celebrity was accidentally slamming a door in the face of NFL star Andrew Luck.

My Advising Approach: 

After being a camp counselor, dorm RA, and older sister for most of my life, I have a lot of experience when it comes to listening to questions and finding solutions. I’m here as one of many resources available to you at UCSD and am excited to help Comm undergrads navigate the many choices available to them during and after their undergraduate careers. I am especially sensitive to helping first generation, low income, and/or transfer students navigate our university. I’m looking forward to helping you with graduate school applications, especially with my own experiences applying to grad school!

Please visit our Undergraduate Academic Advising page for more information on how I can help you succeed as a Communication scholar.