I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan where I direct the Living Online Lab (LOL). I am also a member of the Michigan Interactive & Social Computing group. You can read more about our current research projects, publications, and news on our lab website. You can also view a complete list of my publications with PDF links.

My research is in the areas of Social Computing, Social Media, and HCI. I am interested in boundary setting in social media, or how people navigate social media use in their daily lives. I'm particularly interested in families—parents and youth—and how they use technology in home and school contexts. I use a variety of methods including in-depth fieldwork, log file analysis, and real-world deployments.

I received my PhD in Human-Centered Computing in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech where I was advised by Dr. Amy Bruckman. During my graduate work, I interned with HP Lab's Social Computing group and Microsoft Research's Social Media Group. My research has been supported by the NSF and I am a recipient of a Google Anita Borg Fellowship. I received my MS from the School of Information at UC Berkeley where I was advised by Dr. Peter Lyman. I received my BA from Dartmouth College in Computer Engineering. During that time I spent four years playing on the Dartmouth Women's Tennis Team.


I teach graduate and undergraduate Human-Computer Interaction courses at UMSI. View recent syllabi for SI 582: Introduction to Interaction Design and SI 622: Evaluation of Systems and Services.

Prospective Students

Prospective PhD students must first be admitted to UMSI's PhD program before they can work with an individual advisor. Undergraduate and Masters students who have already been admitted to the University of Michigan and are interested in studying social media sites, online behavior, or designing or building new social computing systems are welcome to contact me. Include your interests, degree or major, and resume or CV. I typically will not invite a student to work in my research group unless I have had you in a class or you come recommended from a colleague, though I have made exceptions to this.