SELECTED ONGOING PROJECTS

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: INVESTIGATING STRUCTURAL ARTICULATIONS OF POWER IN INFORMATION CREATION
My dissertation research uses constructivist grounded theory to examine queer slash fanfiction writers' information creation practices via interviews with creators, and content analysis of fanfiction texts and online fanfiction platforms' features and policies. Sensitized by queer and feminist theory, this work uses fandom as a context through which to account for ways that marginalized people express agency and experience structural oppression within online community spaces. I specifically focus on sociotechnical assemblages in online fandom, with an emphasis on biopolitical power dynamics. 
POWER AND CONTENT RECOMMENDATION SYSTEMS
In this developing project, I use Netflix as a context through which to theorize how power dynamics are expressed, embodied, and enacted within sociotechnical ecosystems that include content recommendation systems. 
DRAG STORYTME IN LIBRARIES
This ongoing project involves a team of researchers including myself and colleagues from other universities. We are using surveys and interviews to gather perspectives from children's librarians, children's library staff members, and drag performers on Drag Storytime in public libraries. 
I am also a research assistant and co-investigator for a number of projects with Rutgers faculty, including a project focused on the ethics of mobile mental health prediction apps, and a project that uses ethnographic methods to investigate how parents and children use mobile media in public. If you'd like to learn more about these projects, check out my CV for publications or feel free to contact me!

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