My ongoing research examines the social, legal, and policy implications of recent and emerging information, communication, and media technologies with an emphasis on digital marketing and advertising practices. My dissertation investigates how the collection and use of personal data impacts consumers’ trust, attention, decisions, privacy, and autonomy. I also work to develop social research methods that rely on computational techniques and/or networked information.
My Ph.D. advisor is Christian Sandvig.
Prior to coming to Michigan, I managed the Visualization Laboratory at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology and studied in the Institute of Communications Research, the College of Engineering, and the School of Art & Design, all at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I have served as a researcher at the Center for People & Infrastructures at the Coordinated Science Laboratory and as a graduate fellow at the International Forum for U.S. Studies at Illinois, as a visiting scholar in the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH in Stockholm, and most recently as a researcher in both the Media Psychology Laboratory at the Institute for Social Research and in the Infrastructure Research Laboratory in the Department of Communication Studies and the School of Information, both at the University of Michigan.
At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Michigan, I have designed and taught courses on media and communications, computer programming, research methods, and digital marketing.