A feminist curiosity about how authority is negotiated through communication has animated my research projects. Much of my graduate work has focused on digital cultures. I’ve studied freelance writing communities, platform design, mediated feminisms, and the Wikimedia community.
My dissertation project focused on women/non-gender conforming freelance writers and mediated feminisms in the platform (“gig”) economy. Read the abstract to my dissertation here, which uses ethnographic methods and participant-observation. Since 2012, I’ve done work with and on Wikipedia, gender, and information authority in a commercial media ecosystem.
I tend to approach answering my questions from many directions, which helps me account for how cultural, historical, sociological, intersubjective processes and technical values and forces shape what I’m studying.
I am working on two additional research projects, the first on women librarians and online internet services before the internet, with a focus on the The New York Times Information Bank (1963-1983). Secondly, I am nurturing curiosity on religious / spirituality practices, reading widely on theology, spirituality, ecofeminism, mythology, and divination.
I give presentations, talks, and lectures in higher education, non-profits, conferences, and workshops in my research areas.
My work has been funded by the Wikimedia Foundation, the Knight Foundation, Rotary International, OCLC, NNLM, Mary Gates Center at the University of Washington, Central European University and UC San Diego.
See details about my projects funded by the Wikimedia Foundation: Wikipedia Gap Finding Project and Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together. For more information about my leadership, contact me for my CV and to work with me as a consultant or guest speaker.
Stephen Harrison for Slate’s Future Tense interviewed me for his 2019 article on Alexa quotes.