I use a sociotechnical lens to explore peoples’ experiences using online platforms. My work has covered key areas such as motivations, informal learning, privacy and ethics, and online governance. To this end I have used a variety of methods, from qualitative ethnography and in-depth interviews, to quantitative surveys and social network analysis.
I graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2018, where I was advised by Drs. Caroline Haythornthwaite and Luanne Freund. I am currently working as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Maryland on the NSF funded PERVADE (Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research project with Drs. Katie Shilton and Jessica Vitak.
My hobbies include rewatching Star Trek over and over again (DS9 is the best Trek); cuddling with my cat, Rambo and my dog, Dax; cooking and baking; hiking; and going on day trips. Next time you're in the DC area, I promise that a jaunt to Dinosaur Land won't disappoint!
and other things that I've written and want you see
"I run the world's largest historical outreach project and it's on a cesspool of a website." Moderating a public scholarship site on Reddit: A case study of r/AskHistorians
r/AskHistorians Reddit posts
So that they wouldn't have to read my dissertation, I summarized parts my dissertation to share with the AskHistorians community
Facets of online participation
This paper, published in the Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 50), explores how social motivations varied based on varying aspects of participation, like length, depth, and frequency.
Learning in a Twitter-based community of practice
This paper, published in Information, Communication & Society, explores learning practices in an online health community
Tweeting to learn
This paper, published in HICSS 48, uses social learning theories to examine the role of experts in conference Twitter networks. It won ASIS&T Social Informatics Best Student Paper award in 2016.
Learning Analytics for the Social Media Age
I have published collaborative work as part of a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (PIs Anatoliy Gruzd and Caroline Haythornthwaite) funded project that explored the influence of social media on educational models. Below are select publications from this project.
10th Conference on Social Media & Society
I am sharing initial work from the PERVADE project on measuring American's expectations for trustworthy research use of social media data
CSST Summer Research Institute
I will be attending the CSST summer research institute as a 'camper!'