Presenting at Pioneer Valley Gaming Conference

[It goes without saying that I’m a nerd]

About Me

I am a Research Fellow at the Wiki Education Foundation, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute for Digital Government, and an visiting instructor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for the University Without Walls. I am also a founder and Managing Editor of communication +1.

I earned my PhD from the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, focusing on new media collaboration, cultural production, and policy. My BS and MA are from Arizona State University, focusing on communication and advocacy.

I am interested in questions related to how technological mediation structures cultural production. I believe strongly in the importance of embodied practice and my scholarly interests around collaborative communities bridges the theoretical and the practical. My range of digital media interests run the technological gamut from gaming studies, to surveillance, to digital culture, information policy, data-representations, and emerging media trends. My work brings together a core thread around engaged, community-based and transformative practices in the digital age, focusing on questions of access and agency.  (More information in the “research” page)

My research methods are mixed because different questions require different approaches (and some also need better questions). I have experience with quantitative survey methods, participatory and observation-only ethnography, interviews, focus groups, platform analysis, policy analysis, and textual analysis (in a variety of forms). No matter what the research method, I believe that a proper understanding and theoretical basis is paramount to good research, which is why much of my work has been in search of “better questions.”

I believe that information should be free (as in freedom) and actively work to encourage Open Access. I have worked on a variety of projects to support this mission, from teaching with Wikipedia, to hosting editathons for Open Access Week, to founding the above-mentioned journal, which utilizes a share-alike license and is included in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

In my “previous life” I have over ten years of experience in graphic design, strategic business planning, and marketing management in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Management industry. I have more than five years of experience as an instructional designer for online, in person, and mixed college courses.  I also have worked in radio, magazine publishing, and as the opinion editor for my college paper.