I am a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at Colgate University. I am also a PhD Candidate studying Technology & Social Behavior at Northwestern University, a program combining Computer Science and Communication Studies. I am advised by Jeremy Birnholtz and am a member of the NU Social Media Lab. I previously a lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at DePaul University.
My research focuses on the use of communication technology for maintaining interpersonal relationships. Specifically, my dissertation focuses on students’ use of communication technology and family communication during the stressful transition to college. This work is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. My most recent projects involve designing applications to support interpersonal relationships.
Before moving to the Village of Hamilton, I spent four years in Chicago and six years Ithaca, NY. I earned an M.S. in Information Science from Cornell University, where I worked in the CU Social Media Lab, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Ithaca College, where I worked with Sharon Stansfield. I grew up in Bethlehem, PA, home of Marshmallow Peeps. I’m a super picky eater and my favorite color is purple.