This post is part of the Meet the ETCL Team series, which introduces the wonderful people who work in the lab and who have worked with us in the past.

Alan is a Mitacs Globalink research intern from Mexico. He is joining the ETCL team remotely for 3 months during the summer. Part of his role with the ETCL involves working on an annotated bibliography project about pedagogy and training in digital humanities, public humanities, and open resources.  He is also providing assistance with DHSI 2021—Online Edition, including translating key conference takeaways into Spanish as a DHSI Social Media Translator.

Alan is a communication major at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEMex) and is set to graduate in December 2021. His interests are in scholarly communication, information literacy and open access. Outside of the lab, Alan is collaborating on a project called Huellas Incómodas (Uncomfortable Footprints), which aims to digitally document and preserve images of social movements in Mexico and Latin America. This project started as a way to show a different point of view of the 2020 student-feminist movement that happened at the UAEMex in Toluca and they’re looking to expand the project to other cities. He’s also working on a bibliometric analysis of political communication studies.

In his free time, Alan enjoys photography, working out, cooking, listening to music, and reading. Lately, he’s been particularly interested in reading stories by Latin American LGBT authors. Some of his favourite books include Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong.

For Alan, the number one tool he could not do without would have to be Zotero. He relies on it for organizing everything he has read and wants to read.