I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science (as well as Computer Science, by courtesy) at CU Boulder, with additional affiliations with Silicon Flatirons at the law school and the ATLAS Institute. I completed my PhD in Human-Centered Computing in the school of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, where 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. Current areas of focus include big data research ethics, ethics education, ethical speculation in technology design, technology empowerment for marginalized communities, and broadening participation in computing; much of this work is generously supported by the National Science Foundation, Mozilla, and Omidyar. My research is frequently covered in the media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, WIRED, and Teen Vogue. I teach in the areas of information ethics and law, and online communities. My students and I do awesome research under the umbrella of the Internet Rules Lab.
You may have heard of my history with STEM Barbies. 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 am a member of the legal committee of the Organization for Transformative Works, a Fellow in Silicon Flatirons at the CU Boulder Law School, and was previously 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.