I am currently an Assistant Professor at Purdue University, in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology within the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. I manage the Community-Computer Interaction Lab (C-CIL) with my graduate and undergraduate students. I am also a co-champion of the Community and Civic Engagement Research Impact Area, through which I help connect community needs with Polytechnic faculty research.
In Spring 2017 completed a postdoc (Research Associate) at Open Lab within Newcastle University. I earned my PhD in Human Computer Interaction Design in 2016 from the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, with a minor in Inquiry Methodology. I also hold a B.S. in Computer Science from Ball State University and a M.S. in Human Computer Interaction Design from Indiana University.
My research interests center on the impact that digital technologies have on how communities are formed and maintained. I am particularly interested in how certain kinds of relationships between individuals within a community are encouraged while others are discouraged, and how various technologies are used to implicitly enforce these distinctions. How interpersonal relationships are sanctioned (in both senses of the word) plays a vital role in the inclusivity, welcomeness, and diversity of a community.
In recent projects, I have studied maker, hacker, and DIY communities through both physical and digital ethnographies, the participatory design of hackathon-like events, and large-scale listserv communication analyses. In this work, I have focused on explicating the ways in which individuals develop identities as makers/hackers/expert-amateurs, as well as how they participate in their community. In my post-doctoral work on digital civics, I extended the methodological lenses I have developed to threads related to social care, civic engagement, and health informatics, specifically focusing on how individuals transition to their lives as new parents.