About me.

 
19732282_961629676371_5521976339927664680_n.jpg

My Resume.

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University, with a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Ohio University

I use a mixed-methods toolkit to understand how people make sense of their world, interact with others, and accomplish their goals.  Often this involves conducting qualitative work to focus on questions of how and why, followed by quantitative methods to better understand prevalence, patterns, and outcomes.

 

“Homo sum: Humani nihil a me alienum puto” - Terence
My philosophy as a researcher comes from a human-centered perspective. I try to empathize with people in both my everyday life as well as my research, balancing empathy with honesty and critical reflection.

My PhD research has focused on the networked lives of teens and young adults. I am wrapping up my dissertation, which focuses on the roles that memories, narratives, and emotions play in how young adults share and manage digital photos over time, and the motives and benefits to sharing and reminiscing about memories on social media. 

I am currently on the job market as I finish my PhD.

 

Link to my C.V.

 

All photography provided by Michael Dickard unless otherwise noted.

 
 

My kitties!!

 Miss Biscuits is a regal, beautiful tabby with silky smooth orange fur and white tuxedo paws.  She is also toothless! We rescued her in 2014 when she was skin-and-bones, scabby from street fights, and infected with worms and fleas.  She "makes biscuits" for a living, spending most of her waking hours kneading anything she can get her paws on. She loves everyone, always seeking affection and a free hand to rub against.   This picture captures what I wake up to every morning: Miss Biscuits on my chest, making biscuits.

Miss Biscuits is a regal, beautiful tabby with silky smooth orange fur and white tuxedo paws.  She is also toothless! We rescued her in 2014 when she was skin-and-bones, scabby from street fights, and infected with worms and fleas.

She "makes biscuits" for a living, spending most of her waking hours kneading anything she can get her paws on. She loves everyone, always seeking affection and a free hand to rub against. 

This picture captures what I wake up to every morning: Miss Biscuits on my chest, making biscuits.

 Lilly is an intelligent, sneaky, conniving beauty with a thick grey coat. We rescued her at 3 weeks old in 2010. Not only did we have to nurse her back to health, we also had to bottle-feed her and she refused transitioning away from the bottle (for drinking water) until 7 months old (talk about high-class!!).   Don't let the crusty, crossed-eyes fool you though, she's always scheming and trying to find ways to get my attention, whether it be batting the blinds, swatting laptop chords, opening and closing doors, or strutting around meowing with her favorite squeaky toy.

Lilly is an intelligent, sneaky, conniving beauty with a thick grey coat. We rescued her at 3 weeks old in 2010. Not only did we have to nurse her back to health, we also had to bottle-feed her and she refused transitioning away from the bottle (for drinking water) until 7 months old (talk about high-class!!). 

Don't let the crusty, crossed-eyes fool you though, she's always scheming and trying to find ways to get my attention, whether it be batting the blinds, swatting laptop chords, opening and closing doors, or strutting around meowing with her favorite squeaky toy.