HCI and Digital Studies
21st-century configurations of people and technologies are challenging the way we think about work, play and communication. My work in Human-Computer Interaction seeks to put principles from Science & Technology Studies into practice, using analytical techniques from sociology of science and technology to produce new ways of understanding, guiding, and designing for emerging technologies. My published work in HCI ranges across broad topics such as computer-supported co-operative work, and design for transnational contexts, but always providing a methodological or critically-informed stance on technological design and integration. At Irvine, I co-authored a paper for Ubiquitous Computing on GPS tracking of sex offenders with Irina Shklovski, Paul Dourish and Emily Troshinksi; and a paper for CHI on Postcolonial Computing, an analytical lens on computing in developing nations, with Lilly Irani, Beki Grinter, and Kavita Phillip. My paper on the topic of Cultural Probes, which I co-authored with Phoebe Sengers, Kirsten Boehner, and Paul Dourish, was a best paper nominee at CHI in 2007. I have collaborated with Jed Brubaker in studies of death and social networking sites; with my colleague Jofish Kaye I presented qualitative work at CHI on personal archiving practices; and I spent a summer at the User-Centered Design lab at Intel Corporation on international approaches to health and aging for application to technology developments. All of my CHI, Ubicomp, and CSCW-related work is available for download via my Publications page, or through a search of the ACM Portal. I am a member of Cornell's CEmCom, the Culturally Embedded Computing Research Group. I was a research postdoc at the University of California, Irvine's Informatics department with Paul Dourish's group, the LUCI Lab for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction, and was an associate member of Gary and Judy Olson's HANA lab on collaboration and technologically-distributed work practices. I am currently affiliated faculty at the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy. Back to Research.