I am a Lecturer and Human-Centered Computing researcher in Information Systems at UMBC. I lead the INclusive Social IT (INSĪT, as in “insight”) Lab.

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.

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