I investigate how an individual's experience with disability and accessibility unfolds in interactions with technology, the environment, and other people. I am curious about (1) how to empower people with disabilities in higher education and the workplace, (2) how technology helps or hinders their daily work activities and professional development, and (3) designing novel tools to support the collaboration practices that emerge between people with disabilities and their colleagues.
I adopt an interdisciplinary research approach that incorporates ideas and methods from Communication Studies, Computer Science, and Critical Disability Studies. This includes using qualitative methods to interview and observe these teams (both the people with disabilities and their collaborators) as well as prototyping new interfaces to support group work. My interface designs are inspired by how these teams opportunistically incorporate existing technologies into their work practices and how we can address usability challenges or augment their work process.
I am a PhD student in Technology & Social Behavior, a joint doctoral program in Communication Studies and Computer Science at Northwestern University. I am advised by Dr. Anne Marie Piper in the Inclusive Technology Lab. Before attending Northwestern, I completed a self-designed engineering major at Olin College of Engineering with coursework in computer science, human-centered design, and psychology.