I am currently a fourth year PhD student at the UC Berkeley School of Information with a Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies. I study education, inequality, information systems, and culture, formally and informally. In particular, my dissertation project focuses on the experiences of stakeholders in online high-schools and the role of such institutions in a larger school choice landscape structured by social inequality. Beginning in Fall 2018, I am the Co-Director, with Daniel Griffin, of the Center for Technology, Society & Policy and I have been a Research Grantee of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity on several collaborative projects. I am a member of the Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity Working Group and the Biosense Initiative.
I am interested generally in education, social justice, and social movements, particularly: how education functions in our society, how people learn best, how students’ experiences with educational environments do (and don’t) meet their needs, how different forms of teaching and learning influence educational outcomes, strategies for dismantling and resisting unjust systems, cultivating participatory and collaborative approaches to projects, and the role of digital technologies and the internet in all of these areas.
I am a graduate of the Chicago Public Schools and Brown University, where I studied English Literature and cultural theory with a focus on gender and sexuality. After college, I worked with GLSEN on communications and research into school safety for LGBTQ and GNC students, and with Parliamentarians for Global Action on a summit of leaders pursuing sustainable environmental policies. I next spent two and a half years at the Participatory Culture Foundation, first as an Americorps VISTA and then as a Program Director, focusing on partnerships with local media and educational organizations to create open-source curated community video websites. Prior to graduate school, I worked as the Program Manager at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, where I produced events and materials around social justice feminism, including co-organizing the “Action on Education” conference and acting as an interim managing editor for the Scholar & Feminist Online.
I enjoy running (looking forward to the Chicago Half Marathon in September!), hiking, learning about new places, reading, and watching (and discussing) television. I use she/her pronouns.