I am researching how we can design and build an internet that is safe and empowering for everyone, including marginalized populations. I want to help people feel safe and have agency in their online experiences.
To do so, I find ways to protect people's consent on the internet. In particular, I focus on designing, building, and studying social systems grounded in affirmative consent to tackle problems both in the user-to-system (user-to-company) context (e.g., privacy issues) and user-to-user context (e.g., online harassment). Unsurprisingly, I find these contexts deeply related to each other, and decided to research both. Specifically, I am currently researching social systems' business models, privacy controls, and governance grounded in affirmative consent. I am also interested in designing mechanisms to help industry practitioners think about users' consent when creating systems.
I'm a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information and the Division of Computer Science & Engineering. I was told I may be the first student to be formally accepted by both programs via U-M's SIDP. I am very fortunate to be co-advised by Dr. Florian Schaub (from the Security Privacy Interaction (SPI) Lab) and Dr. Nikola Banovic (from the Computational HCI Lab). I am also part of the Interactive Systems Lab and Michigan Interactive and Social Computing (MISC) group. My general research interests are at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Social Computing, Privacy, Feminist Studies, and Business Management. As you can see, I like interdisciplinary work.