Assistant Professor

Prospective students: If you are a prospective PhD student interested in working with me, please apply to the UMSI PhD program. If you are a current UM masters student or undergraduate student interested in working with me, please email me with your CV/resume and research interests. I am particularly interested in working with students who want to conduct research on one or more of the following topics: 1) designing trans technologies 2) social media content moderation and marginalized populations 3) identity transitions and social technologies.


PhD Students

Dan Delmonaco
PhD Student
pronouns: they/them or he/him
research interests: LGBTQIA+ health, information practices, social media, critical algorithm studies, online resources for LGBTQIA+ young people's sex and sexual health information needs

Josh Guberman
PhD Student, co-advised by Silvia Lindtner
pronouns: he/him
research interests: the intersections of critical disability studies, feminist science and technology studies, and computer-supported cooperative work

Ben Zefeng Zhang
PhD Student, co-advised by Michaelanne Thomas Dye
pronouns: he/him
research interests: life transitions, marginalization, online identity, HCI, information communication technologies & development (ICTD)

Hayden Le
PhD Student (on leave), co-advised by Libby Hemphill
pronouns: they/them
research interests: AI/algorithms, ethics, social computing, social justice



O (Ollie) Downs
pronouns: they/them
research interests: gender studies, information studies, queer theory, and their intersections; transgender identity in relation to technology; ethics in data science

Shakira Smith
pronouns: she/her or they/them
research interests: alternative research philosophies/paradigms as anti-oppression praxis; storytelling; health equity; community-engaged/participatory study


Masters Students

Samuel Mayworm
Masters Student, Information
pronouns: he/him
research interests: preservation, archival practices, digital preservation, internet/social media preservation, library policy, LGBTQ+ inclusion and equity in library and information spaces

Kai Nham
REMS Visiting Masters Student
pronouns: he/him or they/them
research interests: LGBTQIA+, critical data studies, grassroots technologies and practices, social justice

Hibby Thach
REMS Visiting Masters Student
pronouns: they/them
research interests: digital cultures/media, online identity, LGBTQIA+, mixed-race, HCI


Undergraduate Students

Shanley Corvite
Undergraduate Student, Information
pronouns: she/her
research interests: social media, user experience

Shannon Li
Undergraduate Student, Information
pronouns: she/her or they/them
research interests: HCI, user experience and user interface design, product design, accessibility, LGBTQ+, social impact/advocacy

Andrea Wegner
Undergraduate Student, Psychology
pronouns: she/her
research interests: social media, user experience, social injustice




Justin Buss

AJ Carter

Dykee Gorrell

Aloe DeGuia

Jasmine Glover

Alexxus Lige

(Sharol) Liu

Peipei Nie

Virginia Pollock

Denny Starks

Lingbo Wang

Zu Weinger