In collaboration with Nokia Research Center Palo Alto, I have also explored the socioeconomic divides in family practices and parent attitudes around communication and media technologies including computers, video games, mobile phones, and video conferencing in the United States.
I earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from UC Berkeley in spring 2004 and a Master's degree in information science from UC Berkeley in spring 2006, and have completed the requirements for a PhD minor in anthropology at Stanford.
I began my research career in human-computer interaction as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where I became fascinated with the deeper social questions concerning technology that I encountered while working on ambient display research with Professors Jennifer Mankoff and Anind Dey (now at CMU). For my master's degree, I worked with Professor Nancy Van House and Yahoo! Research exploring the social meanings of new photographic technologies, particularly cameraphones and online photo-sharing. Other past research projects include technology and the city (with Intel Research), methods of technology evaluation (at the University of Washington), and the implications of technology in economic development discourse. I am also interested in other topics in science and technology studies, new media, gender studies, human-computer interaction, and design.
My research is at the crossroads of science and technology studies, anthropology, and human-computer interaction. I draw on a diverse skill-set in my research, from an understanding of computer science systems and theory to a sociological perspective on everyday life. My recent investigations particularly utilize ethnographic research methods, bringing a deep qualitative and critical perspective to human-computer interaction debates about the ways in which we make sense of the technologies in our everyday lives.