Recently, I completed a Ph.D. at the Berkeley School of Information, focusing on social media behavior, happiness and well-being, and behavioral economics. My training includes quantitative experimental and survey methods, user experience research, usability testing, and communications. Prior to Berkeley, I worked at Google in Washington, D.C. for three years and before that went to Stanford University for my Bachelor's degree in Public Policy. I love to think about design and its behavioral consequences. Email me.
My dissertation, Emotion in Social Media, looks at issues of emotional experience and expression in social media, and examines the use of social media ‘Big Data’ to make inferences about emotional life. I am founding director of the Center for Technology, Society & Policy, a new research institution within the School of Information, and during my Ph.D. completed a study of graduate student well-being at Berkeley, which was covered in Bloomberg, Quartz and The Chronicle of Higher Education and has since been expanded to all ten University of California campuses. In 2012, I interned with Facebook's user experience research team. I’m also a big fan of civic entrepreneurship, and have worked on a small civic engagement startup with colleagues. My dissertation research was funded in part by the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and my thesis advisor was Steven Weber. To stay balanced, I sing and swim.
Much of my previous work experience is listed on LinkedIn.
My advisor and I taught Applied Behavioral Economics together for three years, and I lectured, led class discussions and shaped the course design and syllabus (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015). In 2014, I also initiated a Research Track, aimed at helping Ph.D. and research-oriented Master's students gain more practice in designing and conducting independent research projects. I've also served as teaching assistant for Information Law & Policy (Fall 2012, Spring 2014) and Information Visualization & Presentation (Spring 2013).
At CITRIS in January 2013, I spoke about how we might move beyond simple "approve" and "disapprove" measures of opinion and present the public's views with more of the nuance and complexity it has. In October 2015, I was also on the radio talking about how Americans are coming out in increasing numbers on Facebook.
Research Topics in Human-Computer Interaction (CS 260) · User Interface Design & Development (INFO 213) · Computer-Mediated Communication (INFO 216) · Political Behavior (PS 261) · Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (CS 188) · Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (IEOR 190A) · Quantitative Research Methods (INFO 271B) · Doctoral Research & Theory Workshop (INFO 294). I've also taken most of Berkeley's undergraduate computer science core (CS 61A, 61B, 70).