About Me


I am a doctoral candidate in Library and Information Science, at the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My area of focus, in which I took my disciplinary Field Exam, is Educational Informatics.

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Having passed my preliminary examination/dissertation proposal defense in December, 2017, I am currently conducting research for my dissertation, “Exploring Communication Patterns in Massive Open Online Courses.”

I completed the Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree at the University of Illinois in 2013. I also earned a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Washington – Tacoma in 2008 and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology degree from Bryn Mawr College in 2004.

I work as a Research Assistant with the University of Illinois’s Data Analytics Team, documenting, cleaning, and analyzing the University of Illinois’s Coursera data. Information about our research is available at MOOCs@Illinois. For a direct link to the documentation I have created, visit our Coursera data documentation wiki.

I am interested in how information technologies connect people who are spread out in space and time. How has social media technology altered the “international student experience”? How are social media and online learning systems (including both for-credit programs and Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs) connecting geographically dispersed peoples, both for community building and educational purposes?  What are the ramifications of changes and new/current patterns in those connections across space and time, and what might the future implications of those changes and patterns be?