I am a PhD candidate in the Penn State Informatics program studying human-computer interaction and social + organizational informatics under advisement of Dr. Kelley Cotter. I primarily employ qualitative methods to gain a deep, nuanced understanding of how people interact with technology. In my dissertation research, I aim to understand the unique experiences of rural technology users. I investigate intra-rural digital divides, which are digital inequalities present between and within rural communities and have developed digital literacy education that is informed by cultural tenets of rural Appalachia. For my broader research agenda, I am invested in understanding the ways that technology creates and perpetuates injustice and aim to remediate those injustices through transformative approaches to technology.
I will be completing my PhD in Spring 2024 and am beginning a postdoctoral position at UC Santa Cruz with Dr. Norman Su in Summer 2024 working on rural HCI and social justice advocacy in the tech industry.
I successfully defended my dissertation "Intra-Rural Digital Divides in Appalachia: Pathways for Digital Literacy and Inclusion"
I accepted a position as a postdoctoral scholar at UC Santa Cruz working with Dr. Norman Su beginning Summer 2024!
I presented my work "Supporting from the Background: How a Mobile Application for Parent Skills Development Encourages Authoritative Parenting" at CSCW 2023
I presented preliminary findings from my dissertation research, "Rural Public Library Staff as Agents of Change for Intra-Rural Inequality" at the 85th annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society
I was awarded a 2023 Beta Phi Mu Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship