I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society (CSTMS) and a Fellow at the Center for Science, Technology, Society and Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. I previously spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing at UC Irvine, where I worked with Paul Dourish in the Department of Informatics.
I'm interested in the cultural politics of technology, the ideologies behind high-tech innovation, and the balance of power in technology design and use. I've become especially interested in technological utopianism and tech-nostalgia as motivators of design and development. My research aims to promote social justice across the technology industry.
My dissertation research at Stanford and postdoctoral research at Irvine details the cultural history, results, and legacy of the One Laptop per Child project as a particularly rich example of technological utopianism in education and development discourse. I'm in the process of writing up the results as a book, under contract with MIT Press.
My research at Berkeley explores similar themes in the technosocial tensions between two geographically overlapping but culturally divided worlds: developer culture of Silicon Valley and the working-class and immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here, I explore the role that utopianism plays in discourses around childhood, education, and 'development.'
I am also interested in other topics that intersect human-computer interaction, science and technology studies, critical media studies, postcolonial computing, gender studies, and design. Read more about my projects on my research page.
I finished my PhD in 2013 at Stanford's Department of Communication (minoring in anthropology), advised by Fred Turner. Before that, I earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and a Master's degree in information management and systems, both from UC Berkeley.