I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. I did my PhD in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech (with a minor in Critical Informatics). I have been embedded in grassroots social movements in the United States—both as a researcher and as an activist—for the last three years. My work focuses on studying how grassroots social movements in the United States use technology, and making tools for and with them. Particularly, I am invested in understanding how the use of information technology has complex classed, racial, and gendered consequences within social movement communities and in broader society. In this work, I am committed to community-centered ethnographic research and design methods.
In my past life, I have been a web developer, a free/open source enthusiast and an activist. Formerly worked at the Wikimedia Foundation – the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and its sister sites – as a Software Engineer for a little over two years, and have been a volunteer developer to MediaWiki for longer.