I am a Ph.D. Candidate at Georgia Institute of Technology, specializing in cultural, historical, and sociological analysis of technology.
My expertise comes from working with organizations and activists on the ground. For four years I have worked with gender violence advocacy groups across the U.S. I'm also a member of the intercollegiate Race and Racism in Contemporary Biomedicine Working Group research collective.
This background informs my dissertation project, Designing Justice: Sexual Violence, Technology, and Citizen-Activism that examines how activists challenge how the criminal justice system neglects assault by re-designing the technology used for self-defense, reporting, investigation, and punishment. My research illuminates how sexual violence is not just an act of interpersonal violence, but also a flexible concept produced through the interaction of people, technology, and ideas about gender and race. Looking at how multiple meanings of sexual violence and justice are produced across different socio-legal moments, this project shows the competing ways technology informs institutional responses to violence. This approach reveals opportunities for how technological and regulatory systems can be altered to promote more democratic interests.
I am a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow, and Research Director at youthSpark, the 501c3 of Atlanta's Fulton County Juvenile Court. I currently serve on the Board of BURNAWAY, an Atlanta-based digital magazine whose mission is to provide coverage of the arts in and from Atlanta and the South.
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School of History and Sociology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Old Civil Engineering Building
221 Bobby Dodd Way
Atlanta, GA 30332-0225