I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University where I am the Director of the award-winning WIDE Research lab, a member of the Digital Humanities community, and the Co-Founder of the Experience Architecture program. I am a member of the leadership committee for the award-winning Women in Technical Communication, and I am a Past Chair of the Association for Computer Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC).
My research interests include social user experience, disaster communication, memory, and archiving. I am interested in how people use social media to sort through data, share information with their communities, and validate knowledge. My recent work looks at how people do this in spaces such as reddit, Twitter, and the built environment. I earned my Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
My first book, Social Media in Disaster Response, examines the use of platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, and news sites during times of crisis. My second book is an edited collection focused on user experience and cultural practices, produced with my co-editor, Michael Salvo. Supported by positive reviews from Jakob Nielsen and Donald Norman, Rhetoric and Experience Architecture is available now. My third book is a digital project titled Participatory Memory: Fandom Experiences Across Time and Space, written with my co-authors and produced in our lab at MSU. It focuses on memory making activities in fan communities.