*I am on sabbatical during the 2021-2022 year. In fall 2021 I am a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. During the 2021-2022 academic year, I will be maintaining existing commitments but will not be taking on many new ones. I will return in fall 2022.

**I am available to mentor PPFP applicants, and possibly to do other kinds of mentoring. Feel free to reach out to me and ask!

***I will most likely not be accepting new PhD students in the 2021-2022 application cycle. UMSI's PhD admissions is decentralized, meaning that individual faculty play a substantial role in admissions rather than decisions being made by a centralized committee. This cycle, I will not be systematically reviewing applications so it is most likely not strategic for you to list my name in your app. In rare cases, I may make exceptions if interests are unusually aligned or if doing so supports my colleagues. Here are a few recommendations among my wonderful colleagues: social media/social computing (Naz Andalibi, Justine Zhang, Michaelanne Thomas, Julie Hui, Irene Pasquetto, Oliver Haimson); algorithms and fairness (Abbie Jacobs, Libby Hemphill); race and tech (Pat Garcia, Matt Bui); accessibility and disability (Robin Brewer, Anhong Guo).


I am an Associate Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan where I direct the Living Online Lab (LOL) and co-direct the Social Media Research Lab. I am also a member of the Michigan Interactive & Social Computing group. You can view a complete list of my publications with PDF links.

My research is in the areas of Social Media, Human-Computer Interaction, and Social Computing. My research addresses equity and justice in online environments. Some current projects in my group are promoting justice for targets of online harassment, measuring dark patterns in e-Commerce, and exploring identity and privacy in social media. My work has received Best Paper and Honorable Mention Awards at CHI and CSCW and I received the UMSI Faculty award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the inaugural ACM CSCW Service award. Our work has been covered regularly in the New York Times, Washington Post, and on NPR as well as in Forbes, The Telegraph, CBS News, ABC News, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Seventeen Magazine, Vogue Australia, etc.

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. 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. I am half Indian and half Australian.


I teach graduate and undergraduate courses at UMSI, including Algorithms & Society, User Experience, Online Communities, and Interaction Design.

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 are welcome to contact me. Include your interests, degree or major, and resume or CV.

Advising Statement

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Funding Disclosure

In the past four years, since 2017, my research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Mozilla, Knight, Facebook, and Instagram. I am a consultant on a short-term, paid Twitter Advisory Board in 2021.