I am a research fellow at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society (CSTMS) at the University of California, Berkeley, and am also affiliated with the Center for Science, Technology, Society and Policy and Berkeley Institute of Data Science. 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. My research is in particular focused on the role of utopianism in the technology world, and the imaginary of the "technical child" as fertile ground for this utopianism. I hope that my research can 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 in a book, under contract with MIT Press.
My research at Berkeley explores similar themes in the 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' across both of these worlds, as well as the social fault lines and active marginalization that happens between them.
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.