I received my PhD in Communication at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania. I'm currently working as a Research Fellow at the Information Law Institute at New York University's School of Law and will start as an assistant professor of technology studies at UNC Chapel Hill in the Fall of 2020. My research and teaching focuses on media, technology, culture, and cities.
I first became interested in studying media and communication while pursuing a BA and MA in Anthropology at Penn. I wrote a Master's thesis about visual tropes in transnational reality television productions, having conducted ethnographic research with an Indonesian-American media producer. I then moved to New Orleans where I worked as a social researcher for a community-based health organization. In New Orleans, I started to become interested in the cultural politics of cities and urban governance, and especially how these relate to urban inequality.
I applied to PhD programs knowing that I wanted to learn more about cities and media. After being accepted at the Annenberg School at Penn, I was introduced to critical studies of surveillance and technology. I found a way to wed these topics with my own research interests in cities, media, and inequality by studying how technology is applied to the management of urban spaces and populations in the so-called "smart city." My dissertation focused on three registers of urban life not typically examined together—public space and design, labor, and policing—to consider how technologies and data infrastructures are transforming cities. This work is currently under contract as a book with the University of Minnesota Press. Along the way, I started producing podcasts, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and in public forums on a variety of topics, all united by my interest in questions of mediation, technological intervention, and urban inequality.