I am a PhD Candidate in the Human Centered Design and Engineering department at the University of Washington. I will be interning with IBM Research’s Responsible and Inclusive Technology group this summer, and I was recently a Graduate Research Assistant at New York University’s AI Now Institute. Informed by my prior life as a software and firmware developer, I use ethnographic methods, interviews, surveys, and participant observation to study users’ and developers’ experiences with technology. I do research that can lead to the development of more equitable algorithmic systems. In addition to working in academia, I have also worked with industry researchers and practitioners at Microsoft Research, Microsoft Corporation, and Facebook.
I am part of the human-computer interaction (HCI), computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), and science & technology studies (STS) communities, and my research often lies at the intersection of critical algorithm studies and infrastructure studies. I use a feminist technoscience lens in my work. Many of my projects are related to critically examining algorithmic systems for wellbeing.
I am advised by Professor Daniela Rosner, and I am in the TAT Lab and the Computer Supported Collaboration Lab (CSC Lab). I also work with Dr. Anissa Tanweer at the University of Washington’s eScience Institute. At IBM Research, I will be working with Dr. Rogério Abreu de Paula. At AI Now, I worked with Dr. Liz Kaziunas and Varoon Mathur.
My upcoming dissertation work will be on people’s experiences with algorithmic hiring systems and on the discourses surrounding them. My recent research projects include: (1) researching how people are collaborating work during COVID, (2) researching narratives about the use of AI in healthcare, and (3) researching people’s experiences with recommender systems that curate sensitive content.In 2018, I received my MS in Informatics from the University of California Irvine. I am originally from Seattle, WA and I went to the University of Washington for my undergraduate in Computer Engineering with a specialization in hardware.
At UCI, my primary research was on the developers and users of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin and blockchain systems. I was a member of the TechDeC lab and the EVOKE lab at UCI. I was co-advised by Professor Bonnie Nardi and Professor Geof Bowker.
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, video games, table top games, reading scifi, and metal music.