About Me

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 work with Jeremy Birnholtz in the NU Social Media Lab. I have also taught in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at DePaul University.

My research focuses on the use of communication technology for maintaining social and family 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.

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.

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