Hello! I'm a first-year PhD student in the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern University, advised by Dr. Aaron Shaw and part of the Community Data Science Collective. I also work with Dr. Ágnes Horvát.
My research interests center around governance (very broadly construed: rules, admins, design) and online participation on the scale of multi-community + multi-platform analyses. Right now, I'm particularly interested in the complexity of governing large-scale social computing systems, especially platforms following decentralized modes of moderation and rule enforcement like Reddit and Wikipedia. I tend to utilize computational / quantitative approaches.
You can look at some of my current projects below + see my full CV as a PDF here.
In my non-academic life, I volunteer as a tutor with the cool folks at GirlForward and like to hang around museums + take pictures on my point-and-shoot.
- 2020/03 - Just got notified that I've received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! 🎉
- 2019/09 - Began my PhD program in the MTS program at Northwestern University.
- understanding heterogeneous governance practices - The scale and lack of overarching structure on popular platforms such as Reddit and Wikipedia often result in sub-communities localizing their interpretation and enforcement of high level shared rules. Given this, rule localization by sub-communtities provides a fundamental mechanism by which governance operates in such decentralized spaces but the significance and effect of this localization remains unclear. In ongoing work, we track and measure the extent to which shared rules diverge in practice across sub-communities to shed light on the implications of heterogeneous governance practices on regulatory effectiveness, platform accountability, and intervention possibilities.
- covid-19 digital observatory - I'm part of an ongoing project coordinated by the Community Data Science Collective and Pushshift to collect, aggregate, distribute, and document public social data from digital communications platforms re: the 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic. If you're interested in contributing, more information can be found here.
- info about other projects i'm currently working on with some really cool folks to come :)