About Me

I am a PhD student and NSF GRFP recipient at the University of California, Irvine in the Donald Bren School of  Information and Computer Sciences. I work under the advisement of Dr. Bonnie Nardi. I am interested in studying how technologies mediate processes for civic communication and how new media technologies change the way citizens interact with their policymakers. Currently, I am investigating the U.S. Congress and their use of ICT in their constituent-communication process.

In the summer of 2017, I interned for the Congressional Management Foundation in Washington D.C. to investigate how ICT and the rise of technology-enabled communication impacts relationships between citizens and policymakers. This summer I will be returning to D.C. under a research grant to continue my research.

I earned a B.S. in Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). As an undergraduate, I worked with Dr. Amy Hurst and her graduate students Dr. Michele Williams and Dr. Erin Buehler in the Prototyping and Design (PAD) Lab. My research focused on assistive technology and human-computer interaction, with a specific focus on 3D-printing assistive technology.

“We will never have a perfect world, but it’s not romantic or naive to work toward a better one.”—Steven Pinker