About

New: I have a CSCW 2019 publication: “Intersecting Imaginaries: Visions of Decentralized Autonomous Systems”.

I am a PhD student in the Human Centered Design and Engineering department at the University of Washington. 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 will lead developers so that they can create algorithmic systems that behave in more inclusive ways. 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 CHI, CSCW, and STS communities, and my research often lies at the intersection of critical algorithm studies, infrastructure studies, and developer cultures. I hope to bring more queer and feminist studies into my future work.

During my HCDE advisor rotation, I am being advised by David Ribes and am in the Data Ecologies lab. I also work with Anissa Tanweer at the University of Washington’s eScience Institute.

I have three current research projects: (1) researching the development and use of software for algorithmically mediated diversity and inclusion, (2) researching full time employee’s experiences with the freelance economy, and (3) researching on social media users’ experiences with algorithmically curated 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 Bonnie Nardi and Geof Bowker.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, video games, table top games, reading scifi, and metal music.