I am a PhD Candidate in Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder where I work with Jed Brubaker and the Identity Lab. My research focuses on understanding the experiences people have during life transitions and how those experiences are represented in sociotechnical systems. I am particularly interested in how people navigate the digital connections that are left in the wake of a romantic break-up.
I concurrently hold a position as Adjunct Part-Time Faculty at Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, where I teach through Penn State's World Campus program.
During the 2021-22 academic year, I am serving as the Speaker of the Assembly and Senator for the College of Media, Communication, and Information (with Emily Loker, COMM) for the Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) at CU Boulder.
I'm a recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Research Assistant Award from CU Boulder GPSG.
Redesign – in celebration of passing candidacy, I've redesigned my site!
With the defense of my dissertation proposal, I've officially advanced to candidacy!
I come from a family of educators, and was afforded the opportunity to see different parts of the country while my father completed his PhD, post-doc, and got his first academic position. Because of my background, I knew early on I wanted to pursue a career in research and teaching. After a brief failed stint as an engineering student, I completed my B.S. and M.S. in Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University in 2015 and 2017, respectively. My M.S. was overseen by Lynette (Kvasny) Yarger. While at Penn State, I competed in track and field, specializing in the multi-event disciplines.
Since moving to Colorado, I've leaned into the lifestyle you would expect a Coloradan have. I spend most of my free time riding or thinking about bikes and skis (depending on the season). I ride all disciplines on bikes year round, but train specifically for long XC-style mountain bike races like the Leadville 100 MTB . During the winter, I've confined myself to on-piste or sidecountry skiing, but I expect that to change within the next year. I have also continued my involvement in track and field as the high jump and multi-events coach at Boulder High School and a USATF Level 1 Coach.
For a long time, I had a static website inspired primarily by The Personal Page by Naz Hamid at Weightshift. However, as I enter the last year of my doctoral work, I felt it was time to do something a bit more substantial. I've always been a bit of a minimalist when it comes to design. I was taken with Mor Naaman's personal website, but wanted the Jekyll functionality I had come to enjoy from working on the Identity Lab's site.
So I combined the two (with substantial design tweaks), and here we are. You can find the repo for this particular design on my Github.
Entering doors, evading traps: Benefits and risks of visibility during transgender coming outs.
Proceedings of the ACM on Human Computer Interactions (CSCW 2020).PDF
Design, implementation, and reflections on teaching of computer programming modules to underrepresented students.
Annual Meeting of the Society for Information Technology & Teaching Education (SITE 2020).
The iSchool Inclusion Institute: Addressing underrepresentation, building communities, and fostering collaboration.
Public Interest Technology Undergraduate Education (PIT-UN 2020).
P4KxSpotify: A dataset of Pitchfork music reviews and Spotify musical features.
Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020).PDF