About

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human-Centered Computing at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. I hold a PhD and MS in Human-Centered Computing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a MA in Media Studies from the University of Western Ontario.

I study how communities, particularly underserved and underrepresented populations, collectively make sense of and address challenging social and societal issues. More specifically, my research agenda is focused on working with communities and organizations to understand the challenges they face when addressing such problems and how interactive and collaborative technology shape their experiences and practices. My previous research explored the socio-technical difficulties environmental scientists face in reusing data to understand anthropogenic changes, informing community-specific system design. More recent work examines (1) how women with Vulvodynia (i.e., chronic vulva pain) use social media to collectively make sense of and define their condition and (2) how indigenous communities, including indigenous environmental activists, are building infrastructural tools and using social media to drive indigenous-led climate action.