Michelle C Forelle is a doctoral candidate in communication at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at USC. Born in Valencia, Venezuela, Michelle and her family immigrated to Florida when she was young, where she then grew up. She received her B.S. in Film Production from Boston University, where she wrote a senior thesis on the taboo nature of body dysmorphia in music videos in the 1990s. Following that, she earned her M.A. in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University, where she learned basic Python programming in order to scrape Twitter for her master's thesis on the use of Twitter by campaigning congresspeople in 2012.
Her work examines the intersections of technology, culture, politics and law. She is writing her dissertation under the guidance of her advisor, Manuel Castells, on the tensions between personal property and intellectual property at play in software-embedded consumer products, particularly in cars. She has worked as a media policy fellow at Common Cause in summer 2014, and an intern at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society in summer 2016. When not working on her research, she likes to spend time trying to convince her dog Dr. Waffles not to bark at the mailman.