A photo of me

Photo of my PCT finish!

A photo of writing-in-progress

I am an ethnographer, researcher, writer, bicyclist, hiker (PCT 2013, AT 2008), Portland Thorns fan, sci-fi/fantasy reader, and novice ceramist. I live with my partner, Luke Olbrish, in Portland, Oregon.  » Bio « 

I have a PhD from UC Irvine, where I conducted ethnographic research about constant connection and digital disconnection. I also know how to write software; I have worked in technical support; and I used to design custom textiles, furniture, and print advertisements.  » CV & Resume « 

I currently research and write about people and technologies as a freelance consultant through my company  » encountering.tech « .

My latest project is about platform and app-based workers, in collaboration with Six Silberman and his colleagues at IG Metall.

Past projects archived on this site explore new technologies in the context of philanthropy and social change, microbial science, and everyday life. I have published numerous research papers from these and other projects, which you can find linked on my CV.

I taught college-level UX research and design at UC Irvine and was a head teaching assistant for many years at Georgia Tech.  » Teaching «