I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science (as well as Computer Science, by courtesy) at CU Boulder. I completed my PhD in Human-Centered Computing in the school of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech under the advisement of Amy Bruckman. My dissertation focused on the role that copyright law plays in online creative communities. My work now is primarily around online communities, governance and ethics, and fandom; you can learn more about my research projects here. One focus of my work currently is research and social computing ethics, thanks to the generous support of the National Science Foundation. I teach in the areas of information ethics and law, information science theory, and information ecosystems/communities. My students and I do awesome research under the umbrella of the Internet Rules Lab.
You may have heard of my occasional Barbie punditry. In addition to my typical research areas, I am a feminist who is happy to speak to issues related to women and technology.
Previous to my PhD, I earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University, with specialized coursework in intellectual property and Internet law. I served on the editorial board for the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, and my student note received a Burton Award for legal writing. I currently serve as the Associate Editor of the Journal of World Intellectual Property, and am a member of the legal committee of the Organization for Transformative Works, a Senior Fellow in Silicon Flatirons at the CU Boulder Law School, and a faculty affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. In 2011 I was a Google Policy Fellow and had the opportunity to work at Creative Commons.
I also have an M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction as well as a B.S. in Psychology from Georgia Tech. I grew up in Georgia, was on drumline with the Georgia Tech marching band as an undergraduate, and am a published science fiction and fantasy writer. I attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 2006 at Michigan State. I also used to write a great deal of fanfiction and happily identify as a fangirl. I both knit and read voraciously.