My research aims to design safe social computing systems, such as social media and workplace software, by centering users’ consent. I focus on the insight that problems on social computing systems—that range from interpersonal ones (e.g., online harassment) to institutional privacy issues (e.g., platform companies' surveillance)—arise because software is designed without considering users’ consent boundaries and power dynamics, in both user-to-user and user-to-company contexts. To reimagine social software that people can use with enthusiastic consent, I combine systems-building and empirical studies (e.g., experiment, field deployment), to design and evaluate systems’ privacy controls and governance tools. In another line of work, I started to research ways to rethink social platforms’ business models because they are inseparable from how social software is built and maintained. My research interests are at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Social Computing, Privacy, Feminist Studies, and Business Management. I like interdisciplinary work.
I am a Ph.D. candidate and Barbour Scholar at the University of Michigan School of Information and the Division of Computer Science & Engineering. I am very lucky to be advised by Dr. Florian Schaub (from the Security Privacy Interaction Lab) and Dr. Nikola Banovic (from the Computational HCI Lab). I am also part of the Human-Centered Computing Lab.