I am 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.
I seek to answer the question, “How can communication infrastructures be designed for the empowerment of subcultures to achieve the social change they envision for themselves?”
My dissertation investigates the ways that the Amish design their communication infrastructures to protect their close knit family and community bonds.
At the moment, I am also studying how cell phones are used among low-income individuals to access healthcare and social services and how social media are being used by public health organizations to connect with members of at risk populations.
My anticipated graduation date is May of 2014.