About Me


Summer 2018: I will be a research intern at the Microsoft Research New England Social Media Collective group, working primarily with Nancy Baym. My proposed research project concerns how teenagers deliberate their self-presentation and lack of visible feedback associated with ephemeral Instagram and Snapchat stories.

Winter 2018: I will be a Graduate Student Research Assistant for two projects with PI Christian Sandvig: (1) Beyond the Black Box: Understanding and Designing for User Expectations of Algorithmic Media and (2) Auditing Algorithms: Adding Accountability to Automated Authority.

December 8, 2017: I passed my field prelim exam and became a PhD candidate.

Nov 11, 2017: My paper–Who Likes to Be Reachable? Availability Preferences, Weak Ties, and Bridging Social Capital–with Joe Bayer, Nicole Ellison, Sarita Schoenebeck, and Emily Falk, has been accepted for publication at Information, Communication, and Society. [PDF]

September, 2017: I and my advisor, Nicole Ellison, have a forthcoming chapter in the A Networked Self and Love book, edited by Zizi Papacharissi, where we talk about the multi-channel perspective in interpersonal communication. [PDF]


I am a PhD candidate in the University of Michigan School of Information, advised by Dr. Nicole Ellison.

I see myself at the intersection of Information and Communication, with strong influence from my undergraduate background in psychology. Specifically, my research interests concern how interpersonal processes unfold via a range of communication technologies, particularly social media. I also look at identity processes, notably self-presentation and impression management, on social media in my work.

I am a member of the Social Media Research Lab and the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing Group (MISC) at UMSI.

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