I am a PhD student in the School of Information at University of Michigan.

I work with Professor Kentaro Toyama. My interest lie in the areas of HCI and ICT4D.

In my past life I worked for the Department of State and volunteered for the Peace Corps.

The contents of this website and blog showcase my past and most recent work. My contents of my blog are my original thoughts and opinions. In no way does it reflect the views or policies of the Peace Corps or the U.S Government.

Research

In this study, we explore online communication about gentrification in one Chicago neighborhood. Using data mining techniques, we identify patterns in online conversations to understand how residents discuss neighborhood change, social capital, and collective efficacy. Our overall goal of the project is to inform the design of community-based technologies that facilitate communication amongst residents who are newcomers and predecessors.We built scrapers for sites such as Yelp, Everyblock, and Reddit using Python and Scrapy. This resulted in over 10,000 comments which we began to analyze using inductive qualitative analysis in Atlas.Ti. Click HERE to learn about the design and development process

Online Conversations in Changing Neighborhoods

Blog

The Low Resource Classroom

Listed below are organizations that provide tools and resources for instruction and learning that can be utilized in developing countries. Thank you to all the volunteers that shared these links. A special thank you goes out to Peace Corps Botswana […]

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday – No Water

Hey Everyone, So I have moved into my new home in the capital city of Botswana, Gaborone. I am really enjoying being near grocery stores, but I miss the friendliness of my village. Living in a city has many positives, […]

Tips on Conserving Water

Listed below are some tips that can be utilized if you are ever in a situation where you have little to no water or where you are using stored water. Please attempt to conserve as much water as possible in […]

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