I’m an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico.
My research interests are in Crisis Informatics, Social Computing, and Network Science. Specifically, I study how people coordinate, self-organize, collectively problem-solve, and form communities online, especially in the high-tempo, high-risk environment of crisis. More broadly, I am interested in how social media platforms — as both complex and sociotechnical systems — affect and are affected by social behavior.
I completed my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder in Human Centered Computing under the advisement of Professor Leysia Palen.
Before developing my interdisciplinary focus, I studied Sociology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked as STEM education researcher at Ethnography & Evaluation Research.