Research

I study the way that cultural, historical, gendered, and socio-technical values and forces shape the design of, and people’s participation in, online networks and organizations.

My interdisciplinary research is informed by feminist science and technology studies, infrastructure studies, sociology of work, visual culture studies, and cultural studies.

My research is also informed by my experience in teaching myself web design and development, experience now augmented by my participation in a front-end (client-side) web development course, and my experiences working as a freelance writer.

I regularly give presentations, talks, and lectures in higher education classrooms, conferences, and workshops in my research areas.

Contact me to work with me as a consultant or instructor.

Research topics include:

  • Online collaborative systems
  • Online marketplaces
  • Platform design
  • Workplaces/”work”/corporate work
  • Freelance work
  • Professionalization
  • Wikipedia
  • Freelance writing
  • Print journalism
  • Women in science and technology
  • Women and non-gender conforming writers
  • Science fiction
  • Travel and travel writing

Most of my research focuses on the United States and is in English.  I have also conducted research on work and gender in Hungary, Germany, and Turkey.