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 studying 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 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.

Recent Updates

  • I got a job! I will be starting as an Assistant Professor at Purdue University in August. Link to job materials is forthcoming.
  • I will be at ICA in May. Nate TeBlunthuis and I will be presenting at the Computational Methods pre-conference on an ecological approach to understanding online communities.
  • I presented my work, focusing on our agent-based modeling paper, at the Organizational Communication Mini-Conference in October.