I am an Assistant Professor at University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) and Digital Studies Institute (DSI), and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Transgender Studies (CATS). Prior to these roles, I was a President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UMSI during 2018-2019. I conduct social computing research focused on envisioning and designing trans technologies, social media content moderation and marginalized populations, and changing identities on social media during life transitions. One of my main research areas is transgender identities and experiences online and with social technologies. My research goal is to impact technological inclusion of marginalized users. I am a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Rob Kling Memorial Fellowship, and a Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship.
I earned my Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science in 2018 from the Informatics Department at University of California, Irvine’s Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, where I worked with Gillian Hayes. I received my M.S. in Information and Computer Science from UCI Informatics, and my B.S. in Economics at Carnegie Mellon University. I also participated in the iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3). Prior to my academic pursuits, I founded and managed independent bookstores for a number of years. I also toured and recorded as guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter in several rock bands. I am a big fan of most animals, including cats, which I have, and dogs, which I hope to have in the future.
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