Projects

[coming soon: two new projects on misinformation, open science, media/info manipulation.]

2014-2018. UCLA Center for Knowledge Infrastructures (CKI). The UCLA CKI is directed by Christine L. Borgman, Distinguished Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA. As a member of the CKI, I worked on a project titled If Data Sharing is the Answer, What is the Question? The project was funded by the Digital Information Technology Program of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, grant #2015‐14001. During this three-year project, we investigated the work and epistemic practices of four distributed scientific collaborations, exploring methods of data collection and management, innovations in scaling and workflows, and multidisciplinary approaches to complex problems. For my doctoral research, I examined the impact of policies for open access on scientific work, with a focus on biomedical data and software practices.

2015 – 2018. PartLab. The UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics. PIs: Christopher Kelty, Aaron Panofsky. Postdoctoral Fellow: Joan Donovan. Participation, as a concept and as a practice, has been studied empirically in a surprising number of domains. PartLab is born from the latest wave of participatory enthusiasm–from Free Software and crowdsourcing to Occupy and the Arab spring–but it takes a grander view, and aims at a more ambitious understanding of the concept and its manifestations. Along with my colleagues, we investigated how white supremacists participate in an online forum to define “racial” identities in lights of DNA testing technologies. We conducted an empirical analysis of hundreds of threads and posts in order to capture the ways in which white supremacists understand and use genetic testing to support or discredit “white” identities.

2014-2016. UCLA POIH Database Project. Along with my fellow doctoral students (Brittany Paris, Morgan Currie and Jennifer Pierre), we examined how information and data about police-officer involved homicides (POIH) are organized, shared and interpreted by institutions and communities in the area of Los Angeles County. We analyzed public online databases and found several discrepancies and gaps in how the information about these homicides was reported. We then co-organized a hackathon event at UCLA with local communities. With the support of local activists and community members, we used community-curated databases and social media content to fill gaps in existing government and local databases pertaining to POI homicides.