A doctoral candidate in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University, my research examines the ways that marginalized communities use social media, cell phones and the internet to bring about grassroots social change.
In general, I work to answer the question, “How can communication infrastructures be designed for the empowerment of subcultures to achieve the social change they envision for themselves?” In answering this question, I abandon assumptions that particular communication technologies (social media, computers, internet, phones, etc.) are inherently good or bad at bringing about desired social change.
Currently, I'm doing ethnographic fieldwork for my dissertation which investigates the calculated (non-)use of new communication technologies in Amish communities.
I am also in the final stages of two qualitative research projects investigating social and mobile media for public health communication among high-risk groups.
My anticipated graduation date is May of 2014.