I am a cultural anthropologist who studies how young people use social media. I am presently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California Humanities Research Institute. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin’s Radio/TV/Film Media Studies program.
I am currently working on a design project under the guidance of Dr. Mimi Ito at the Digital Media and Learning Hub at UCHRI that endeavors to create digital tools to help under-resourced families connect with meaningful extracurricular learning opportunities.
At UT, I was a lead Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. S. Craig Watkins’ Connected Learning Research Network project, “The Digital Edge,” funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This project was a multi-year ethnographic study of how young people in under-resourced communities use digital and social media to learn from their peers, in informal settings, and in online environments.
I was also a teaching affiliate for the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Asian American Studies, where I taught classes on media and cultural studies.
Previously, I was the Editor of the Southern California LGBT newsmagazine Frontiers, where I oversaw a comprehensive relaunch as well as secured the worldwide exclusive coming out interview with Star Trek icon George Takei.
Before Frontiers, I helped guide Instinct Magazine to an unprecedented back-to-back win of the Western Publications Association’s “Best Alternative Lifestyle Magazine” award as Managing Editor. I began my journalism career at Southern California paper The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, and later, The Advocate, the LGBT community’s premiere national newsmagazine.