What am I up to?



Research Interests

  • Interface and design theory
  • Participatory digital cultures
  • Algorithms, from cultural and technical perspectives
  • Computational methods, including web-scraping, data structuring, and web development
  • Machine learning, specifically how machine learning scientists write
  • Professional and Technical Communication, including engineering writing and engineering research labs

Applications of Research

  • Creating and improving social media followings
  • Designing more civil and relevant online interactions (via comments)
  • Improving feedback on writing using automated processes
  • Better online interfaces
  • Identifying strategies for improving online discussions

Current Projects

Interested in working with me? Current and future plans include:

  • (current) monograph on digital case study methodology
  • (current) monograph about how machine learning and artificial intelligence scientists communicate
  • (future) a fully experimental study of interface effects on writers when they prepare grants
  • (future) Building a database of online comments for widespread dissemination
  • And, of course, some surprises…


I always encourage people to develop interests valuable to them. In addition to taking care of my children, I skateboard, swim, weightlift, write fantasy novels, read comics, and garden. I am good at cooking too.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign