Sharla Alegria

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
NSF Scholarship Recipient

Sharla Alegria is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her dissertation examines how and why women remain underrepresented in the computing workforce despite support from both the private and public sectors to increase women’s participation. She focuses on the interplay between race, gender, and migration in the development of the IT workforce and the experiences of IT workers to shed new light, not just on women’s representation, but more broadly on how gender, race and migration together shape opportunities for technical workers in the US.

“I never cease to be inspired by these women, like Grace Hopper, the women who worked on the ENIAC, and the women now who start their own coding schools to teach other women to code, who simply do things that seem impossible or barely imaginable until they do them.”