My research investigates how technologies mediate communication with ourselves (i.e., self-reflection) and our closest others-–friends, family, romantic partners. Primarily through qualitative, critical analysis of interviews and in situ observations, I expose how technologies presumed to be neutral are actually persuasive mediums for storytelling, identity-making, and empowerment. My goal is to support design of systems that can build empathy and bridge cultural divides, particularly regarding marginalized groups.
I have recently had the pleasure of collaborating with Amy Hurst, and before that completing a postdoc with Shaun Kane, as I explore how technologies mediate relationships between sighted and blind individuals. I earned my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech studying media spaces for intimate partner communication under mentorship of Steve Harrison.