« Brief Introduction »

My name is Rolando Rodriguez. I’m a Master of Science in Information Science candidate (2023) in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Additionally, I am fortunate enough to be a Carolina Academic Library Associate, which has afforded me the opportunity to work with Carolina’s Davis Library’s Research and Instructional Services and Digital Research Services departments. My professional and research interests lie in the intersections of critical theories, digital humanities, information science, and librarianship. My secondary interests concern the exploration of technology as religion and the constitution of our digital/digitized selves.

I also hold a Master’s of Arts in Religion (2019) from Yale Divinity School with a concentration in Philosophy of Religion. My studies during this period centered around the theology and philosophy of the Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard, particularly how his works can be interpreted through the lens of politics and power. These interests also led me to phenomenological approaches, such as those of Jean-Luc Marion, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Sarah Ahmed. The connection between Christian theologies and the construction of the political self drove my questions throughout this time.

Before that, I graduated from Bethel University (2017) with a Bachelor’s of Art in Biblical and Theological Studies.

« Professional Interests »

Digital Humanities, Data Librarianship, Data Visualization, Collections as Data, Critical Pedagogy

« Research Interests »

Construction of Digital Selfhood, Critical Information Studies, Representation of People as Data, History of Education Technology, and History of Misinformation in Cuban Media.