I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI). I direct the Marginality in Socio-technical Systems (MiSTS) Research Group and co-direct the Social Media Research Lab (SMRL) at UMSI. I am also affiliated with the Center for Social Media Responsibility (CSMR), the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC), and the Digital Studies Institute. My research interests are in social computing and human-computer interaction. Specifically, I study the interplay between marginality and technology. I examine how marginality is experienced, enacted, facilitated, or (can be) disrupted in and as mediated through sociotechnical systems. My CV (last updated 8/2/2022) is available here.
My work is published in venues such as ACM CHI, CSCW, TOCHI, JMIR, and New Media and Society, and featured by media outlets such as CNN, Fast Company, The Atlantic, and Huffington Post. My publications have received awards at ACM CHI and CSCW and my work is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Digital Studies Institute among others. I serve as an Associate Editor for the ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) journal and am a member of the ACM SIGCHI CARES team.
Prior to joining UMSI, I received my Ph.D. in Information Studies from the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University where I was advised by Dr. Andrea Forte. My generative research as a PhD intern at Yahoo directly contributed to novel publicly launched communication technology products. I was also the recipient of Drexel University’s Outstanding Promise Award, and a two-times recipient of the Phoebe W. Haas Endowed Doctoral Fellowship Award. I also hold a M.S. in Socio-technical Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Theoretical Computer Science from Sharif University of Technology. I enjoy telling stories through my work and hobbies such as photography. I am a cat mom to Charlie and dog mom to Rufus joon.
human-computer interaction (HCI), social computing, critical algorithm studies, computer-mediated communication (CMC), health informatics
Events and Travel
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Invited panelist at FTC
I am super excited to have been invited to speak on a panel at FTC's PrivacyCon about my research on emotion AI's societal, privacy, and justice implications. Details to come.
Keynote at Mod Summit
I am excited to be giving the keynote talk at Mod Summit this year, a conference Reddit holds for its moderators.
Quoted in the Atlantic and Tech Monitor
I was recently interviewed for a piece on emotion AI's implications for Tech Monitor and another on online support groups for reproductive health for The Atlantic.
New journal paper
I have a new paper accepted to PLOS One titled "Minority stress theory applied to conception, pregnancy, and pregnancy loss: A qualitative study examining LGBTQ+ people’s experiences" in collaboration with colleagues from Social Work (led by Ashley Lacombe-Duncan) and Nursing. This paper concludes the Mcubed project we started in 2018 when I first joined UM.
New journal paper
I have a new paper accepted to the Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking titled "Online support groups for perinatal loss: A pilot feasibility study for women of color" in collaboration Katherine Gold (lead) and Martha Boggs from Michigan Medicine.
Invited panelist at HCIC
I am excited to participate in this year's Human Computer Interaction Consortium (HCIC) as a panelist on Health & Data. The theme this year is The Future of Health and Wellness Technologies.
Faculty DEI Award
I am honored to have received the UMSI diversity, equity, and inclusion award for faculty. I am committed to doing better and creating a more equitable and just world.
Paper accepted to CSCW 2022
We have a paper accepted to CSCW 2022. It is titled "Separate Online Networks During Life Transitions: Support, Identity, and Challenges in Social Media and Online Communities."
Giving a talk at the Unviersity of Washington
I am giving a talk at the University of Washington. My talk's title is: Marginality and Technology: From Pregnancy Loss to Emotion Artificial Intelligence.
Organizing a workshop at CHI 2022
I am organizing a workshop at CHI on"Researcher wellbeing and best practices in emotionally demanding research." Co-organizers are the wonderful Jessica Feuston, Arpita Bhattacharya, Elizabeth A. Ankrah, Sheena Erete, Mark Handel, Wendy Moncur, Sarah Vieweg, and Jed Brubaker.
Paper published in JMIR
I have a paper titled Online Information Behavior After Pregnancy Loss: An Interview Study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), Formative Research with wondeful co-author Kristen Bowen.
Serving as an Associate Editor for TOCHI
I started serving as an associate editor for TOCHI this January.
Giving a talk at Carnegie Mellon University
I am giving a talk at Carnegie Mellon University's HCII. My talk is titled Where is the Human in Emotion Recognition/AI Technologies?
Two Honorable Mention Awards for Best Paper for CSCW 2021
Oct 15, 2021
I am delighted that two of our papers received Honorable Mention Awards for Best Paper at the ACM CSCW 2021 Conference. 1) Algorithmic Folk Theories and Identity: How TikTok Users Engage in Algorithmic Resistance and Identity Co-Production; 2) Data Subjects’ Conceptualizations of and Attitudes toward Automatic Emotion Recognition-enabled Wellbeing Interventions on Social Media.
Paper accepted to CSCW 2022
Oct 4, 2021
We have a paper accepted to CSCW 2022. It is titled "Attitudes and Folk Theories of Data Subjects on Transparency and Accuracy in Emotion Recognition" led by PhD student Gabriel Grill. Pre-print here.
Paper accepted to TOCHI
July 10, 2021
We have a paper accepted to the ACM TOCHI Journal. It is titled "LGBTQ Persons' Use of Online Spaces to Navigate Conception, Pregnancy, and Pregnancy Loss: An Intersectional Approach," co-authored by former MSI students Kylie Wojciechowski and Cameron Giniel, and colleagues Lee Roosevelt and Ashley Lacombe-Duncan.
Paper accepted to CSCW 2021
July 10, 2021
We have a paper accepted to CSCW 2021. It is titled "Constructing Authenticity on TikTok: Social Norms and Social Support on the "Fun" Platform" led by Postdoc Kristen Barta.
Two papers accepted to CSCW 2021
March 25, 2021
We have two papers accepted to CSCW 2021. One is titled "Data Subjects’ Conceptualizations of and Attitudes toward Automatic Emotion Recognition-enabled Wellbeing Interventions on Social Media" led by my PhD student Kat Roemmich.
The other is titled "Algorithmic Folk Theories and Identity: How TikTok Users Engage in Algorithmic Resistance and Identity Co-Production" led by my graduate student Nadia Karizat, and with collaborators Dan Delmonaco and Motahare Eslami.
Best Paper Award for CHI 2021
March 15, 2021
Thrilled and thankful to the CHI community for recognizing our CHI paper "LGBTQ Persons' Pregnancy Loss Disclosures to Known Ties on Social Media: Disclosure Decisions and Ideal Disclosure Environments" with a Best paper Award!
CHI 2021 paper for the AI at the margins workshop
March 15, 2021
We have a position paper accepted for the AI at the margins workshop at CHI 2021. The paper is led by my student Cassidy Pyle and is titled "First-Generation, Low-Income Students as Data Subjects in Higher Education Profiling and Prediction AI/ML Applications" and available to read here.
Serving on the senior program committee for ACII
March 17, 2021
I am serving on the senior program committee for the International Conference on Affective Computing & Intelligent Interaction (ACII) with the theme of Ethical Affective Computing this year.
Paper accepted to CSCW 2020
Dec 22, 2020
I am pleased that our paper titled "Sensemaking and Coping After Pregnancy Loss: The Seeking and Disruption of Emotional Validation Online" is accepted to CSCW 2020, to be presented at CSCW 2021. The paper is co-authored with Patricia Garcia.
Paper accepted to CHI 2021
Dec 15, 2020
We have a forthcoming paper titled "LGBTQ Persons' Pregnancy Loss Disclosures to Known Ties on Social Media: Disclosure Decisions and Ideal Disclosure Environments." It is led by my PhD student Cassidy Pyle and is in collaboration with Social Work and Nursing colleagues. Accompanying blog post by Cassidy here.
Paper accepted to New Media and Society
Dec 15, 2020
I have a forthcoming paper at NMS discussing how pregnancy loss is/is not accounted for in the design of pregnancy-related apps. Preprint here. See the fancy copy on the SAGE website.