Martha Fuentes-Bautista

Research Assistant Professor
Communication/SPP

Office: 

N372 Integrative Learning Center

Phone: 

(413) 545-3455

Martha Fuentes-Bautista is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Communication. She conducts research on the social and policy implications of information and communication technologies (ICTs) with a particular focus on how ICTs exacerbate or alleviate social inequalities. She also has investigated the institutional contexts of ICT adoption and use in Latin America and the U.S. Publications include “Reconfiguring Public Internet Access in Austin, TX: WiFi’s Promise and Broadband Divides” (Government Information Quarterly). A recent Faculty Research/Healey Endowment grant is supporting data collection and analysis concerning the role played by local broadband interventions on the ability of Western Massachusetts communities to expand universal service—findings that will inform state and federal programs charged with advancing broadband coverage. 

Research interests: 

telecommunication and community media policy; technology and inequality; global communications; social movements and new media technologies

Education: 

Ph.D.: University of Texas, Austin, 2007

Courses taught: 

PPA 651: Social Inequalities, Technology & Public Policy; PUBP&A 697CC: Communication Policy; PUBP&ADM 697CP: Communication Campaigns & Public Advocacy