Research News

  • May 2020: I successfully defended my honors thesis! Thanks so much to everyone who came, it was so much fun to have you all there.
  • September 2019: a review of our C+J 2019 paper was published in The Signpost, the online newspaper of the English-language Wikipedia.

Research Statement

At a high level, I’m interested in helping individuals reason about the socio-technical systems they interact with. One manifestation of this is computing education; I am especially passionate about its applications in informal contexts at various age levels. I’m also excited about projects that promote data literacy and help individuals build on their existing data-evaluation skills. I strongly reject the notion that there are computer scientists and everyone else; instead, I think every individual already understands the underlying logic of programming (they use those same skills to make their way through everyday life), it’s just a matter of finding the most effective ways to help them translate that into code.

I also have a secondary interest in the role of programming languages in computing education; particularly their design paradigm and syntax.

Projects

Proactive Privacy Protections for Smartphone Users



Photo of thesis defense slideshow showing title.

I spent my senior year at Wellesley working on thesis under the supervision of Prof. Ada Lerner. My goal was to synthesize existing work on protecting smartphone user data and to try to figure out why many of these excellent systems and tools hadn’t yet been adopted. I then developed a blueprint for a proactive privacy system to address these obstacles to adoption, after designing and conducting user surveys to inform the design of such a system.

Newspapers on Wikipedia (#NOW) Project



Photo from wikipedia edit-a-thon. Image from Wellesley Communications Office.

I worked with Prof. Eni Mustafaraj of Wellesley in the Cred Lab, focusing on misinformation on the web, for much of my undergraduate experience. One of the projects I worked on (inspired by my lab-mate Emma Lurie’s paper) was the NOW project led by Mike Caulfield. Through the project, we hoped to increase the visibility of legitimate local newspapers on the Web.

The project was covered by Wellesley College’s Daily Shot and resulted in a paper at 2019 Computation + Journalism symposium.

FeelsLike



Photo of FeelsLike poster heading.

In Summer 2019, I worked in the HCI lab of Prof. Dr. Susanne Boll of the University of Oldenburg, as part of the IRES Ubicomp program co-directed by Dr. Andrew Kun of UNH and Dr. Orit Shaer of Wellesley. I was supervised by Prof. Dr. Torben Wallbaum and built FeelsLike to help long distance partners share significant emotional moments. I continue to work on the development of FeelsLike through present day.

The Atlanta Map Room



Video by Chris Polack.

I worked with Prof. Yanni Loukisass of Georgia Tech on the Atlanta Map Room, where we sought to make data about gentrification more tangible and empower Atlantans to add missing context to presented data. Tech’s news team wrote up a nice article about the Civic Data REU here, and here’s a link to a post we wrote for the Atlanta Studies Blog about the project.