I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and an affiliated faculty member in Science Studies, Ethnic Studies, and the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego. For the 2020-21 academic year, I was an in-residence Member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Most broadly, my scholarship focuses on technology, design, and social inequalities. I am currently working on a book about the social life of sustainable architecture. Previously, I studied the place of technology and design in American youth cultures and amongst educational reformers. Having worked as both an ethnographer and a designer, I am also interested in how ethnography and design play roles in the making of public life. In that vein, I am a founding member of both the Studio for Ethnographic Design at UCSD and the University of California Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design.
Prior to graduate school I worked in the field of user experience design, primarily for large not-for-profit organizations and in collaboration with the design consultancy Tellart. I received a B.A. from Bowdoin College in 2000 and a Master’s (2007) and Ph.D. (2012) from the University of California, Berkeley School of Information.