I’m an Informatics Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Irvine in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. I work under the advisement of Dr. Melissa Mazmanian.
My research interests are in human-computer interaction and representative democracy. I design, develop, test, and evaluate tech for discourse between political representatives and constituents. The XKCD Simple Version: I study how computers can help people in power talk with the people they work for, to find, learn, and understand all sorts of stuff that can help them make important choices.
Thanks to the wonderful people at the Congressional Management Foundation and Democracy Fund, I’ve spent my time in grad school studying tech use in the U.S. Congress. In collaboration with the company POPVOX, my dissertation research evaluates an online forum as a tool for deliberation between Members of Congress and their constituents.
I’m fascinated by civic tech ideas and I love to think about the ethical, political, and cultural implications of designing systems for civic engagement.
I am a NSF GRFP Fellow in the Labroratory for Ubiquitous Computing Interaction (LUCI) with graduate affiliation with the Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy. I am an alumna of the The College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and the Prototpying and Design Lab (PAD) run by Dr.Amy Hurst.
Things I am Currently Excited About:
- I’ve accepted a UX Summer Internship at Facebook during the summer of 2020.
- My first journal article has been published! Communications Technology as Symbols of Institutional Legitimacy in the U.S. Congress. April 2020. Journal of Information Technology & Politics.
- I have a news article with over 4,400 views. How Congress turns citizens’ voices into data points. The Conversation. September 2019.