Hi! I’m Juliana Castro Varón, a designer, writer, technologist, and the founder of Cita Press. With a decade of experience working for museums, universities, non-profits, and agencies, I strive to lead projects that spark curiosity, raise questions, and charm audiences. I’m currently a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where I research the impact AI has on creativity and visual culture. I’m building a timeline of misleading photo manipulation, from darkroom to AI.

I’m a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a Public Knowledge Grant from the Mellon Foundation. I speak three languages and have lived in 10 cities in four countries. My interests range from the literary line between fact and fiction, to open source libraries and 17-to-19th century literature, to weird AI memes. I’m an affiliate at metaLAB.

I’ve written for Atlas Obscura, Kickstarter’s The Creative Independent, the Miami Herald and Are.na, among other places. My book, Papel sensible, came out in 2022. I came out in 2009. 





Castro Varon are both last names. Sometimes I go by Juliana Castro.  Sometimes I go by ‘Juli’ pronounced WHO-li.

︎ Spanish Naming Customs (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_naming_customs)


Jayus (Indonesian) A joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.

︎ Feelings English doesn’t have (are.na/juliana-castro/feelings-english-doesn-t-have)


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