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Welcome! Please note that this site is only periodically updated. For the most up-to-date information on my academic work, please see my Berkeley Webpage.

I am a PhD candidate at the UC Berkeley School of Information with Professor Deirdre Mulligan, where I also do work with the Berkeley BioSENSE Group. My research investigates how design-based methods and approaches can be used by designers and engineers to better explore, expand, and define the problem space of privacy and related social concerns during the technology design process. I draw upon work and approaches from science & technology studies, human computer interaction, UX research, and speculative and critical design. Recent projects include using speculative design, design fiction, and scenario planning techniques to generate foresight about potential privacy issues in a range of emerging technologies. Read more about my work on my academic homepage.

I obtained my undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 2014 where I double majored in Information Science and Science & Technology Studies. I completed a senior honors thesis entitled "Wireless Visions: Creating and Contesting Sociotechnical Imaginaries of Electromagnetic Spectrum," investigating the technical and policy work currently being done to advance new frameworks for sharing radiospectrum frequencies motivated by the prospect of providing more wireless broadband.

In 2014 I worked with Professor Phoebe Sengers at Cornell University in the Culturally Embedded Computing Group using design workbooks as a method of reflecting on ethnographic data. During the 2013 summer, I was a research intern at Carnegie Mellon University's HCI Institute with Professor Jason Hong looking at ways to design interfaces that connect mobile apps' behaviors to users' security and privacy concerns. At Cornell, I have done research studying U.S. Broadband Policy from 2012-2014 with Professor Steve Jackson, and have participated in research examining the role of information technologies contributing to users’ feelings of busyness and overwork in 2011 with Professors Phoebe Sengers and Gilly Leshed. I was a teaching assistant for Cornell's introductory web design and programming course, participated in event planning and management through my role as chairperson of the Cornell University Program Board, bringing speakers and comedic acts to the University, and played clarinet in the CU Wind Symphony.

I was an intern at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), working with President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and OSTP Awards and Events in the summer of 2012 and was a 2011 Fulbright Summer Institute Participant, spending a month in London studying aspects of British citizenship.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing and composing music, video editing, and ice curling with the Bay Area Curling Club.


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March 2019 - I will be co-leading a Session for Interactivity and Engagement with Nick Merrill at the 2019 iConference, entitled Engaging Speculative Practices to Probe Values & Ethics in Sociotechnical Systems

January 2019 - My CHI 2019 paper with Deirdre Mulligan, Bringing Design to the Privacy Table: Broadening Design in Privacy by Design has recieved an Honorable Mention Award

October 2018 - My CSCW 2018 paper with Deirdre Mulligan, Ellen Van Wyk, James Pierce, and John Chuang Eliciting Values Reflections by Engaging Privacy Futures Using Design Workbooks, has received a Best Paper Award

September 2018 - Research done in collaboration with James Pierce, Sarah Fox, and Nick Merrill, Differential Vulnerabilities and a Diversity of Tactics: What toolkits teach us about cybersecurity, has been accepted to The Proceedings of the ACM: CSCW 2018

June 2018 - Along with collaborator Vera Khovanskaya, our chapter Speculative Design in HCI: From Corporate Imaginations to Critical Orientations has been published as a part of the book New Directions in Third Wave Human-Computer Interaction: Volume 2 - Methodologies

June 2018 - My paper When BCIs have APIs: Design Fictions of Everyday Brain-Computer Interface Adoption with I School co-authors Nick Merrill and John Chuang has recieved an honorable mention award at the 2018 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '18)

May 2018 - Our pictorial, An Interface without A User: An Exploratory Design Study of Online Privacy Policies and Digital Legalese, has been accepted to the 2018 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '18), with collaborators James Pierce, Sarah Fox, Nick Merrill, and Carl DiSalvo

Apr 2017 - My paper with Deirdre Mulligan, Ellen Van Wyk, James Pierce, and John Chuang Eliciting Values Reflections by Engaging Privacy Futures Using Design Workbooks, has been accepted to The Proceedings of the ACM: CSCW 2017 Online First

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