As a Ph.D. candidate in Indiana University's Media School, my research examines the ways that marginalized communities use digital media to bring about grassroots social change. Central to conducting this research is parsing out the increasingly complex ethics associated with communicating via hyper-connective digital media in today's world.
In general, I work to answer the question, “(How) Can information communication technologies empower disenfranchised groups so that they may bring about the social change they envision for themselves?”
Currently, I'm writing my dissertation: an ethnographic investigation of the calculated (non-)use of new information communication technologies in Amish communities, Divine Design: Configuring Amish Communication in a High-tech World. This project identifies strategies for preserving cultural autonomy among marginalized groups in the information age.
Recently, I have also published research on Twitter use by protesters and social and mobile media use for public health communication among high-risk groups. Among other outlets, my research has been published in New Media & Society and Media Culture & Society.
My graduation date is May 2015.