I recently started up at IDEO as a Design Researcher. I am fascinated by the ways in which people incorporate technology and digital media into their everyday lives whether at work, at home, or somewhere in between. At the end of 2011, I earned my PhD from UC Berkeley in Information Management and Systems from the School of Information, with a Designated Emphasis in New Media from the Berkeley Center for New Media.
My graduate research investigated the cultural practices that have accompanied the development of new social and technical infrastructures for the creation, distribution, and use of digital media. In my dissertation I looked at how young artists where participating in online content creation communities, seeking to understand how people’s identities as creators and authors shaped and were shaped by new web technologies. A talk I gave in April 2012 provides a nice introduction to this project.
I was a founding researcher on the Digital Youth Research project, a three year project funded by the MacArthur Foundation to explore young people’s everyday use of new media. I also helped the MacArthur Foundation with several projects that accompanied the launch of their Digital Media and Learning research hub. Before graduate school, I managed professional services and helped design products for The Hive Group, a provider data visualization software and services. I hold a Masters in Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley’s School of Information (’05) and a Bachelor of Arts in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University (’00).
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