About Me

I am currently a Ph.D. student in Human-Centered Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, advised by Keith Edwards. I’m very grateful to be supported by the NSF, via a Graduate Research Fellowship. (Any opinion, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material, or posted elsewhere, are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation)

I have many research interests, but am presently drawn to:

  • personal relationships
  • designing social media that facilitates meaningful closeness and bonding
  • civic engagement
  • community values
  • positive systems
  • romantic relationships and friendships

If I get a chance, I’d like to work on:

  • novel and exciting social media advertising techniques
  • investigate how artists use social media to further their careers
  • military social media
  • systems for astronauts
  • social media for organizations and corporations, specifically I-O style
  • calendar, scheduling, and to-do lists for mobile
  • game design

And, always, I am interested in all forms of designing, analyzing, and building systems!

Prior to Georgia Tech

I went to undergrad at The Evergreen State College, where I received a B.S. with an emphasis in Computer Science (minor emphasis in Mathematics) and a B.A. with an emphasis in Liberal Arts. I’m a big fan of Evergreen’s model of education, which stresses interdisciplinary programs (as opposed to single classes), multiple modes of instruction, and written evaluations instead of grades. If you’re interested in attending, or currently attending, and have questions, please feel free to email me–I’d certainly love to chat with you.

Other Interests

I make music, love to paint, enjoy winter sports, cooking, adventures, Studio Ghibli, non-fiction, museums. I love crowdsourcing and community-centered social networks, too!