I am a PhD student in the Media, Technology, and Society program, with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction.

My research centers around understanding user experiences, where an “experience” can be explicitly expressed (behavior) or implicitly thought about (cognition). By approaching “experiences” from both angles, I am able to gain a more profound appreciation of what a user is going through, by understanding their why they’re taking those actions.

My thesis focuses on keystroke dynamics, or the timing patterns of typing, in online conversations. Keystrokes provide a great example of my two-pronged approach: From a behavioral standpoint, I can see exactly what is being produced, e.g. a final message. But I can also understand how the message is being produced, e.g. making typos or typing really quickly, to understand the mindset and motivation behind the message.

My history

I received my MA from the CUNY Graduate Center in Computational Linguistics, where I worked on keystroke dynamics with Andrew Rosenberg and David-Guy Brizan.

Before that, I received my BA in Religion from Columbia University, with a focus on Science & Religion and Philosophy from Columbia University. Through my work on narrative summarization with Becky Passonneau, I became interested in linguistics and how we can use language patterns to improve communication.