I am a social media researcher and PhD student living in Manhattan. I currently work as a doctoral student/teaching assistant at Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information. I received my masters degree in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University and my bachelors degree in Communication Studies from The University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.
My work focuses on how individuals perform their identities using the technological affordances of social media. To date, I have specialized in the following sites: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin.com, JDate.com, ChristianMingle.com and OkCupid.com. My studies have assessed social media through a variety of lenses, including impression management, interpersonal interaction, community engagement and identity negotiation. I am technically trained as a communication scholar but also draw on the disciplines of sociology, visual anthropology and science and technology studies. While my projects tend to be more qualitative in nature, I have also used quantitative methods to answer specific research questions.