I am a social scientist studying the social implications of emerging technologies in organizational contexts. My research spans the intersections of organizing, social interaction, work, gender, culture, and ethical issues in technological or alternative contexts. I currently focus on these strands of research: creative collaboration in design; contextual and spatial influences on organizing; privacy and social networking; gender and STEM careers; and ethics and emerging technologies. Methodologically, I use both computational and qualitative analytic tools to study interaction and organizing, including wearable sensor technologies, network analysis (both social and semantic), as well as narrative and ethnographic tools. Theoretically, my research is grounded in sociomaterial practices of organizing, and draws upon ecological theory in understanding the situated nature of social and material interactions.

My research has been published in top journals including Organization Studies, Communication Monographs, Management Communication Quarterly, SIGCHI, Annals of International Communication Association, Journal of Mechanical Design, Journal of Motor Behavior, and Acta Psychologica.  I have been awarded over $2 million in grants to support my research and teaching, including $1.1 million in two grants from the National Science Foundation. I have also been funded by the Department of Homeland Security, corporate foundations, Purdue Research Foundation, and the College of Engineering.

In addition to engaging with larger publics about my research through public speaking, the media, and industry research, I have been engaged on campus, in the community, and nationally, including serving as Head of the Media Technology Society unit in the Brian Lamb School of Communication; Chair of the Diversity Action Committee (College of Liberal Arts); Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee (College of Liberal Arts); Convenor of the University Council on the Status of Women; member of the Provost’s Task Force on Computing and the Provost’s Task Force on Child Care; and a member of the U.S. Public Policy committee of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2008

    Ph.D. in Organizational Communication / Media Technology Society

    Purdue University

  • 2007

    Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme

    University of Oxford, Harvard, Penn, & Queensland Univ of Technology

  • M.S. 2004

    Master of Science

    Purdue University

  • 2003

    Internet Law Program

    Stanford University and Harvard University

  • 2001

    Institute for Internet Culture, Policy and Law

    Cornell University

  • post-bac

    Computer Science post-baccalaureate coursework (33 credits)

    Purdue University

  • A.B.

    Bachelor of Arts

    University of Southern California

Honors and Awards

  • 2016
    National Academy of Engineering Exemplar in Engineering Ethics Award
    For the project, PRIME Ethics: Purdue's reflective and interactive modules for engineering ethics
  • 2005 - 2016
    11 Top Paper Awards (ICA, NCA, ECA, Global Comm, & ASEE)
    Including awards from International Communication Association, National Communication Association, and the American Society for Engineering Education.
  • 2013
    Diversity Faculty Fellow, Purdue University
    For contributions toward enhancing diversity at Purdue University through inclusive approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment.
  • 2012
    Inaugural Susan Bulkeley Butler Faculty Scholar, Purdue University
  • 2012
    Faculty Fellow of Center for Education and Research on Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), Purdue University
    Awarded to faculty who have demonstrated sustained, significant involvement in Center activities in education, research and service over the prior 3 years.
  • 2009
    Service Learning Fellow, Purdue University
  • 2006-07, and 2007-08
    Purdue Research Foundation Fellowship, Purdue University
  • 2007
    Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme
    30 competitively selected international participants. Co-sponsored by Harvard University, Annenberg School of Communication, and Queensland University of Technology.
  • 2007
    National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar
    Twelve competitively selected participants
  • 2006
    Alan H. Monroe Graduate Scholar. Purdue University
  • 2004
    Violet Haas Award, Purdue University
    For efforts on behalf of the advancement of women at Purdue University.
  • 2014
    Amy Burnham Onken Award, California Gamma Pi Beta Phi
    Highest individual award recognizing outstanding scholarship, and campus and community leadership.
  • 2014
    Outstanding Senior, University of Southern California
    Awarded for service and leadership to student life and community programs.
  • 2014
    Outstanding Senior in Department, University of Southern California
    For outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the department.
  • 2014
    Mortar Board, University of Southern California
    National Honor Society for college seniors: Twenty women recognized for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service. `{`Vice President of chapter`}`