I'm in the process of finishing my Ph.D.
Research in the Department of
Computer Science at the University of Minnesota. My advisor is Dr.
Loren Terveen. My research has been supported by several
fellowships including a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. I worked for a year at Facebook as a User Experience Researcher while writing up my dissertation.
I received my BAs from Berea College in Computer Science and
My research in the area of social computing and HCI. I am interested in
the dynamics of online peer production communities, specifically how
consumers and average contributors differ from users who produce the
majority of the content. I've looked in depth at this issue in both
Wikipedia and Cyclopath. As part of my research I've done logs analysis,
surveys, interviews, and user testing. more
I enjoy working to improve user experiences. Through my work at Facebook, research,
teaching assistantships, and internship, I have learned a variety of
methods. These include survey design and analysis, persona building, heuristic evaluation, cognitive walkthroughs, user interviews,
in person and remote usability testing, and quantitative analysis. I've worked at all phases of product development from formative interviews through post-launch monitoring. more