Martha Fuentes-Bautista

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Martha Fuentes-Bautista
Research Assistant Professor
School of Public Policy & Department of Communication


N372 Integrative Learning Center


(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 US.

Her publications include “Reconfiguring Public Internet Access in Austin, Texas: WiFi’s Promise and Broadband Divides” (Government Information Quarterly). She received a Faculty Research/Healey Endowment grant to support 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. 

She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

Research interests: 

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