Farah Najar Arevalo is pursuing a PhD in Innovation in Global Development at ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, where she earned a MSc in Global Technology and Development in 2019. Farah holds a BA in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO). She is interested in the study of smart cities, and urban infrastructures through feminism in order to understand how these technologies impact the lives of women and non-normative users of urban technologies.
She works as Research Assistant (RA) at the Civic Science for Environmental Futures Collaborative, and at the Justice, Equity, and Diversity and Inclusion initiative in her department. Farah has also worked as RA at ASU’s Center for Smart Cities and Regions. Before her PhD Studies, she participated as instructor in MIT’s program Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow where she taught to Israeli and Palestinian youth. During her masters studies Farah worked as a Teaching Assistant and did an internship at City of Tempe, Arizona and an USAID research program in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Before coming to graduate school, Farah gained experience in Mexico in the nonprofit sector and government. She worked in Jalisco’s project Guadalajara Ciudad Creativa Digital and Jalisco’s Institute for information Technology (IJALTI).
Master of Science in Global Technology and Development (2019)
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (2012)