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Malaka Friedman

Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media


Malaka Friedman is a second year CRDM PhD student and the current Graduate Extension Assistant for the D.H. Hill Jr. Library Makerspace. Originally from Albuquerque, Malaka has worked in teaching for the past five years in different contexts including: high school, college, and continuing adult education courses. She previously has also worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters through their mentor2.0 college and career readiness program for Albuquerque high school students. 

Malaka’s research interests include digital literacy, access, digital divide, transfer rhetoric, online/hybrid instruction, multimodality, social media, and digital/media ethnography. 


Friedman, Malaka. Finding the Middle Ground: Analyzing the Before and After of the Digital Divide Through the Lens of a Social Media Movement in Argument for Digital Literacy. MA Portfolio/Thesis. University of New Mexico, 2018. https://malakafriedman.wixsite.com/2018


Panel with Hannah Mayfield and Beth Greene "The Risk of Multimodality." UNC Charlotte Annual Conference on Writing Studies. Charlotte, N.C. October 2019. 

Workshop presentation. “Representing a True Digital Divide Through Multimodality.” Triangle Digital Humanities Institute #RepresentationMatters. Durham, N.C. October 2019.

Roundtable with Jeffrey Bruinsma, Alexandra Cata, and Matthew Schmalzer.“Interface Rhetorics.” Carolina Rhetoric Conference 2019. Raleigh, NC. April 2019


  • B.A. in English Pre-Professional from University of New Mexico, 2014
  • M.A. in English Rhetoric and Writing from University of New Mexico, 2018