I’m someone who for many years has been not only fascinated by, but also highly skeptical of, the power of technology in global society and politics. Throughout my career, that feeling of skepticism has drawn me toward research as an activity. I want to figure out what’s really going on, get to the bottom of things, ideally so I can try and help do something about it.
Easier said than done. Five years into my professional life, I’ve gained a profound respect for how hard it is to do data science that doesn’t just reproduce existing inequalities, qualitative research that doesn’t just tell people what they want to hear, and public policy that doesn’t just reinforce the status quo. I’m keen to bring not only rigor but an explicit sense of purpose as I continue working in these and related fields.
I still have a lot to learn, but I’ve also discovered what I’m good at: building relationships, putting together a big-picture view from the ground up, reading between the lines to figure out what people don’t quite have the words to explain. I love learning complicated subject matter and distilling it down to the most salient and accessible kernels for audiences.
I’m oriented toward creativity, so I can tell a great story about why I’m the perfect fit for whatever relevant opportunity happens to come my way. But I know I will be at my happiest and most effective when I can be part of a team doing work I believe in.
For me, that means learning and growing alongside peers and mentors who are striving to make a meaningful difference on issues like access, transparency and accountability, fairness and equity, privacy and free expression, sustainability, and the empowerment of communities and individuals when it comes to the role of technology in their lives.
If that sounds like you or someone you know, I hope you’ll get in touch!