I research and design technologies that promote safety and wellbeing––for all of us.
I am an Assistant Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine.
My research sits at the intersection of Human-Centered Computing and Accessible Computing, exploring how technologies mediate colocated interpersonal relationships, specifically in regards to how they affect the physical safety and social wellbeing of marginalized people. My recent and ongoing studies reveal technological threats to safety and wellbeing as people with vision impairments navigate public spaces, people with disabilities encounter law enforcement, blind parents care for their children, and transgender people react to gender recognition algorithms intended to help the blind. Themes I investigate include interdependence, empowerment, disability, gender, algorithmic bias, and ethics in design research.
Before joining the faculty at UC Irvine, I served three years as a Lecturer and one year as a postdoc in Human-Centered Computing in Information systems at UMBC, where I began my study of mixed-ability collaborative settings under mentorship of Shaun Kane, Amy Hurst, and Wayne Lutters. Before that, I earned my PhD from the Center for Human-Computer Interaction in Computer Science at Virginia Tech studying media spaces for domestic communication under mentorship of Steve Harrison.