Melissa Santillana is a PhD student in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her MA in Communication with a concentration in Latin America and Border Media Studies from Texas A&M International University. She has been a research assistant for UT's Latino Media and Arts Program (LMAS) and the Austin Digital Assessment Survey, a project from the Technology and Information Policy Institute (TIPI). She also served as a co-coordinator for the Global Fusion 2019 conference. Her research focuses on international media flows, border studies, activist movements, feminist activism, digital media, and digital inequality.