I am a PhD candidate at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. I grew up in Chicago, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where I graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and minor in Informatics. I received my Master's of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) from the University of Illinois's Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) where my coursework centered on information systems and data analysis.
My research interests cover four broad areas: Data science, information systems, crowdsourcing, and online collaborative spaces. I am interested in the phenomenon of citizen participation in virtual collaborative spaces to address issues and voice opinions. I want to investigate structures that support collective intelligence and how decision makers are analyzing this information. A secondary interest is in the analysis of data generated in these spaces particularly social media and other open data sources.
I enjoy traveling and have visited over 15 countries. This has sparked an interest in photography, some of which can be viewed on my personal website available here: Wanderlust.