Diana Daly, PhD

Head of iVoices Media Lab, The University of Arizona
Assistant Professor, School of Information
Portrait of Diana Daly


Be. Here. Now. Inside a Social Media & Ourselves Podcast, Pt 1
Friday, March 11, 3 p.m.
Rooftop Stage

Be. Here. Now. Inside a Social Media & Ourselves Podcast, Pt 2
Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m.
Rooftop Stage


What does it mean to be “at” an event today? Even when we’re live in person, we’re surrounded by streams of online check-ins and selfies. So what are the sounds, sights, and feels that mean being here together, what are we willing to do to experience them, and how do their digital echoes transform them? Join the iVoices Student Media Lab as we dive into how we do what we do: learning and listening while producing a story-driven episode about the thrill and desperation of being “at” an event like SXSW. Part 1, 3p.m. Friday; Part 2, 3p.m., Sunday.


Dr. Diana Daly has a vision that participatory education can be what social media should have been—a living, ethical ecosystem of knowledge sharing. As an early organizer of complex events including Tucson's All Souls Procession, Diana has a profound respect for collective performances and that question and engineer culture. Diana began studying Information in 2009 at the University of Arizona, and narrowed her focus on performance as a form of Information in a 2015, during a fellowship with the Mellon School of Theatre and Performance Research at Harvard University. Since joining UArizona as an Assistant Professor in 2016, "Prof Daly" has transformed how students learn and share knowledge, replacing essays with story-driven podcasts and other collaborative media. Through a fellowship with the Center for University Education and Scholarship beginning in 2020, Diana started the iVoices Media Lab with the goal of channeling student narratives into curricula and scholarship around tech, and author of the open textbook Humans R Social Media, coauthored with hundreds of students.

Today, Diana is the Executive Producer of the podcast Social Media & Ourselves, augmenting and disrupting what scholars understand about social media through students recorded experiences. This year Diana also launched the Immersive Truth Initiative, a deep dive into why communities trust one another, that will enlist students and community members to work together against misinformation through vibrant media creation.