I am a computational social scientist, currently working on a PhD in the Media, Technology and Society Program at Northwestern University. I’m part of the Community Data Science Collective, run by Aaron Shaw and Mako Hill.
Most of my current research is focused around new online peer production communities - why people start new communities, what impact project founders have, and what early collaboration and communication structures are associated with productive communities. More broadly, I am interested in the social construction of understanding and knowledge, and especially how automated systems (algorithms, bots, etc.) influence the way social cognition happens. I typically use computational and statistical tools to analyze large datasets.
- My paper with Nosh Contractor was accepted at iConference. I’m super excited to be going back to the UK, where I lived for a few years as an LDS missionary
- I’ll be presenting work on identifying founders in peer production communities at Collective Intelligence at NYU June 15-16 (work done with Noshir Contractor).
- CSCW was great! CHI was great! The print version of our paper on adolescent peer groups is in print.
- I finished my qualifying exams! (February 2017)
- I’ll be attending CSCW in Portland and participating in the “Conceptualizing, Creating, & Controlling Constructive and Controversial Comments: A CSCW Research-a-thon”
- Our article Adolescents’ perception of peer groups: Psychological, behavioral, and relational determinants was published in Social Science Research (preprint).
- Our note “Starting online communities: motivations and goals of wiki founders” was accepted at CHI 2017 (Preprint here)
- Attended the IC2S2 Conference (June 2016)
- Presented our work, “Wikis and work groups: a social network approach to predicting community productivity” Sunbelt 2016 (April 2016), ICA 2016 (June 2016), and ASA 2016 (August 2016).
- Finished my coursework (hooray!) (June 2016).