I am a lecturer and postdoctoral scholar with the School of Information and the interim associate director of research for the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society (CSTMS) at the University of California, Berkeley. I 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 role of utopianism in the technology world. My current projects focus on the imaginary of the "technical child" as fertile ground for this utopianism. I hope that my research can promote social justice in technology design and across the technology industry.
I'm wrapping up a book on the One Laptop per Child project, under contract with MIT Press, as a particularly rich example of technological utopianism. Drawing on archival research and a seven-month ethnography in Paraguay, the book explores the cultural history, results, and legacy of the project - including what the project tells us about the many other technology projects that draw on similar ideals.
My next project explores the role that utopianism plays in discourses around childhood, education, and 'development' in 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.
I am also interested in other topics that intersect human-computer interaction, science and technology studies, data science, 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.