My work draws on historical approaches to digital technology, examining seemingly contemporary technological phenomena through a critical and longitudinal lens. This research is in conversation with media studies, information studies, and the field of science, technology and society, while incorporating a variety of methods, including interviews, archival research, participant observation, network analysis, and critical/cultural analysis.

My current projects fall under three areas: 

︎ Digital technologies over time

Topics like digital data storage and preservation, along with social and cultural theories of technological novelty and obsolescence.

︎ Never forget? Memory maintenance on an aging platform. Convergence

︎ Why does a platform die? Diagnosing platform death at Friendster’s end. Internet Histories

︎ Op-Ed: Yahoo! Answers is shutting down and taking a record of my teenage self with it. LA Times.

︎ Screenshot, save, share, shame: Making sense of new media through screenshots and public shame. First Monday. 

︎ Historical approaches to digital media 

Historicizing contemporary digital media forms and practices, often to explore the ways that forms of power persist in what are otherwise considered ‘new’ media technologies. 

︎ The sociotechnical imaginaries of 1968. International Journal of Communication. 

︎ “LADY U SEND ME YR MOVIE:” Constructing Joanie 4 Jackie’s feminist distribution network. Feminist Media Studies.

︎ Capture it while you can: Revisiting SIGCOMM 99’s ‘Technical History of the Internet’. Computer Communication Review. 

︎ Big data environments and epistemology 

How the storage, collection, combination and analysis of large datasets reflects and shapes ways of knowing.

︎ Intersectionality, In Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data.  

︎ A Framework for dataset deprecation: Standardizing documentation, identification, and communications. ACM FAccT.