I am an Assistant Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. I’m also part of the Community Data Science Collective, a group of computational social scientists working to understand online communities.

Most of my current research is focused around studying the processes that influence which communities gain attention and membership—why people start new communities, what pathways people take as they join and participate in different communities, etc. More broadly, I am interested in the conditions that promote cooperation, the social construction of understanding and knowledge, and how automated systems (algorithms, bots, etc.) influence the way social cognition happens. Much of my work uses computational and statistical tools to analyze large datasets.

If you would be interested in working with me, then please get in touch!

Recent Updates

  • My dissertation won two dissertation awards from the International Communication Association: The Dordick Dissertation Award from the Communication and Technology Division and the Annie Lang Dissertation Award from the Information Systems Division.
  • Jan ‘20 - I’m teaching two new courses: Intro to Programming for grad students and Communication and Social Networks. Both courses are “remixes” and build strongly on courses designed by others. I’m thankful for those willing to share syllabi and materials!
  • Sep ‘19 - I successfully defended my dissertation!
  • Aug ‘19 - I started my job at Purdue!