Research

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I grew up in Flowery Branch, Georgia and now live in Portland, Oregon. I’ve also spent significant time living in Atlanta, Santa Fe, San Francisco, and the mountains.

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Informatics at UC Irvine where I work with Melissa Mazmanian. My research is about the affects and experiences of life in early 21st century California. In particular, I am interested in how ubiquitous computing technologies are part of a more diffuse and systemic ethos of limit-transcendence – a striving towards, and belief in the possibility of, always doing ‘more.’

In 2014, I taught the human-computer interaction class at UCI with a custom syllabus designed to stress the relationships among design practice, ethics, culture, and computing technology.

In 2013, I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) with my partner, Luke a/k/a Pleats. Transcriptions of my journal entries appear on my blog from time to time.

In collaboration with microbiologist and artist Christina Agapakis, I have a side project about bio-mapping the dirt of the PCT.