Resume / CV

Education

Master of Arts, Communication, March 2012, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA.

Master of Arts, Anthropology, May 2008, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
Thesis: The Virtual Campfire: An Ethnography of Online Social Networking
Advisor: Elizabeth Traube, Anthropology Department Chair

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, May 2007, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, May 2007, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate awarded July 2008 from ITTO (International Teacher Training Organization).

Interests
Cyberanthropology
Online Social Networking
Intentional Communities
Hackerspaces
Social Media Tools for Community-Building
Community Asset Mapping
Hacker Culture & Politics
The Open Source Movement
Mesh Networking
Cyberpsychology
Digital Ethnography
Digital Literacy Skills
Transliteracies
Online Identity Performance
Online Memorialization
Neotribalism
Youth Subcultures
Autoethnography
Phenomenology
Proxemics
Science Fiction
New Age Folklores
Modern Mythologies

Research

July 2009 – March 2010 – Research Assistant, Howard Rheingold.
Mentor: Howard Rheingold
Project: 21st Century Literacies
Responsibilities: Map out tools and literature on the topic of assessing credibility of information found online.

June 2008 – Aug 2010 – Research Assistant, Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Mentor: danah boyd
Project: Digital Natives
Responsibilities: Conducted an extensive review of interdisciplinary literature pertaining to the subject of deliberate self-harm and the internet, including popular discourses, quantitative and qualitative studies, legal and grassroots initiatives.

February – June 2008 – Research Assistant, Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Mentor: Stephen Schultz
Project: Media Cloud
Responsibilities: Mass organizing of news stories and blog posts from around the world; tracking the circulation of memes and posing research questions.

Fall 2006 – Ethnographer, Wesleyan University Academic Library Services
Mentor: Michael Roy
Project: Ethnoproject on student study spaces.
Responsibilities: Assemble and conduct interviews with student focus groups; multimodal inquiry into desired future study spaces on campus.

Teaching

Winter 2012 – Graduate Teaching Instructor, University of California, San Diego.
¬ Assisted Professor John McMurria for COSF100: Communication as a Social Force.

Winter 2011 – Graduate Teaching Instructor, University of California, San Diego.
¬ Assisted Professor John McMurria for COSF100: Communication as a Social Force.

Fall 2010 – Graduate Teaching Instructor, University of California, San Diego
¬ Assisted Professor Barry Brown for CoHi100: Communication and the Person / Human Information Processing.

Summer 2010 – Graduate Teaching Instructor, University of California, San Diego
¬ Assisted Professor David Serlin for COCU172: American Television in the 1970s.

Spring 2010 – Course Reader, University of California, San Diego
¬ Assisted Professor Nadine Kozak for COSF178: The Information Age: In Fact and Fiction.

Fall 2007 – Teaching Assistant, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
¬ Assisted Professor Gina Ulysse for Anthropology 201: Contemporary Anthropological Theory

Fall 2006 – Course Assistant, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
¬ Assisted Mike Roy for his Continuing Education course on social media, including demonstrations of social networking, blogging, and Second Life.

Summer 2005 – One-on-One Aide, Special Education, New Hartford BOCES, NY
¬ One-on-one assistant to an 18-year old mentally retarded girl enrolled in the BOCES summer school program.

Spring 2005 – Teaching Assistant, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
¬ Assisted Professor Henry Danso for Psychology 105: Foundations of Contemporary Psychology.

1998-2002 – English Language Tutor, Utica Refugee Center, Utica, NY
¬ Tutored local immigrants in English one afternoon a week.

Publications

November 2012. “Hacking the Commons: How to Start a Hackerspace,” posted on Shareable.net. [Link]

August 2012. “The Digital Graveyard: Online Social Networking Sites as Vehicles of Remembrance,” in Mike Wesch and Neil Whitehead (eds.), Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Unhuman Subjects, and the End/s of Anthropology. University of Colorado Press. [PDF]

Winter 2011.Pro-Self-Harm and the Visibility of Youth-Generated Problematic Content,” with danah boyd and Alex Leavitt. Journal of Information Law & Society. [PDF]

June 2010. “Weaving the underground web: Neotribalism and psytrance on Tribe.net,” in Graham St. John (ed.), The Local Scenes and Global Culture of Psytrance. Routledge: New York & London. [PDF]

May 2008. “The Virtual Campfire: An Ethnography of Online Social Networking,” Master’s thesis, published online at The Virtual Campfire. [PDF]

Talks

October 2-3, 2014. Panel and Workshop at the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks at c-base in Berlin, Germany. [Agenda]
Panel: Women and Community Wireless: Addressing Challenges, Sharing Successes
Workshop: Coalition-Building for Community Wireless Networks

August 31, 2013. “Mesh the Planet! – A Presentation on the Oakland Community Mesh Network Project,” with Marc Juul at Information Day, hosted by The Public School and Sudo Room, Oakland, CA. [Wiki Documentation]

November 15, 2012. “Free the Means: Co-Creating Ethnographies of the Future,” at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California. [Crib Notes]

November 16, 2011. “Reimagining the ‘Global Village’ in an Age of Networked Materiality: Designing Online Spaces for Group Coordination, Participation and Collaboration,” at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
Panel Title: No Matter Where: Tracking New Media Materialities and Ideologies.
Panel Organizers: Matt Bernius and Adam Fish

November 21, 2010. “Weaving the Underground Web: Neotribalism and Psytrance on Tribe.Net,” at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
Panel Title: Embodiment, Trance, and Gender: Papers on the Anthropology of Consciousness.
Panel Organizer: Jeffrey MacDonald.

December 8, 2009. “The Digital Graveyard: Online Social Networking Sites as Vehicles of Remembrance,” at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
Panel Title: Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Unhuman Subjects, and the End/s of Anthropology.
Panel Organizers: Neil Whitehead and Mike Wesch.

April 24, 2008. New Media & the Internet Panel, Wesleyan University.
Speakers: Jenny Ryan and Sam Han.

Internet-Related Experience
July 2014-Current – Community Outreach Coordinator, De Novo Group
¬De Novo Group turns cutting-edge research into applicable technological solutions to address the needs of deserving communities in developing regions.

Projects:

* Further Reach [http://furtherreach.net] – Project Further Reach is aimed at delivering affordable broadband Internet access to rural communities all over the world, starting with Northern California.

The project, in collaboration with UC-Berkeley EECS researchers, was funded with a $2M by Google.org. The grant will be used to develop an open source wireless technology that promises to be cheaper and easier to roll out and manage. The approach is based on Software-Defined Networking (SDN), an increasingly popular approach for enterprise networks and large data centers.

* Rangzen [http://rangzen.io] – The Rangzen project aims to let people communicate anonymously when there is a government-imposed Internet blackout, as has happened in a number of countries in the last few years. A key aspect of Rangzen is to use smartphones as an anonymous mesh network that exchange messages without using government-controlled infrastructure.

April 2013-July 2014 – Technology Evangelist, Open Garden
¬ Managing events, creating buzz, developing partnerships, writing and research for a San Francisco-based startup creating a mobile mesh networking application for sharing Internet among devices.

Jan 2013-April 2013 – GNOME Intern, Open Technology Institute
¬ Developing use cases and conducting user research for Tidepools, a hyperlocal mobile mapping platform designed to run on community mesh networks. Research Wiki

June 2011-Jan 2012 – Information Architect & Linux Sysadmin, Banq Design
¬ Started a web design business with a partner, working with WordPress and empowering our clients to use the technologies we provide.

March-Dec 2010 – Social Media Consultant, The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
¬ Consulting for social media outreach campaigns; tabling at conferences and events.

Jan 2008-June 2008 – Blogger, iggli.com
¬ Regular blogger for an online youth community about music and social networking trends.

June 2006-Dec 2007 – Website Reviewer, EONs.com
¬ Reviewing websites for a startup online community geared toward tthe baby boomer generation.

Sep 2005-June 2006 – Webtech, Social Psychology Network
¬ Daily site maintenance, data accumulation, and various web-based tasks.

June 2004-June 2007 – WebTech, Wesleyan University
¬ Training and experience working for professors: Website design, HTML, CSS, Photoshop, MS Office, Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator.

Projects
People’s Open Network – Jan 2013-Current
Partner(s): Marc Juul, several others
A mesh network is, in essence, free as in freedom alternative internet. Using low-cost routers (often donated or recycled) mounted on rooftops, we’re currently building the backbone of the mesh throughout downtown Oakland, from West Oakland to the Fruitvale BART and beyond!

Mesh networks are awesome because they don’t depend on the existing centralized Internet Service Providers to function. Though they can be connected to the Internet as we know it now, a mesh network provides a decentralized mode of communication with our local community. We view mesh networks as a means of connecting to our neighbors, supporting local businesses, and enabling grassroots community collaboration. In the event of disaster or government censorship, an active mesh network is a resilient means of communication and sharing of information.
[Website]

Mycelia – Jan 2012-Current
Partner(s): Marc Juul
Mycelia is the Whole Earth Catalog of the 21st century: A system that facilitates autodocumentation of available tools, similar projects, and skilled people in “community laboratories” such as hackerspaces and intentional communities. Aggregating this data into a searchable database will facilitate collaboration between groups, improving transparency through community asset mapping of available resources across open spaces.
[Website]

Eudea: A Wikitown – September 2012-Current
Partner(s): Evan Martin
Eudea is a wikitown that aspires to help form an open source appropriate technology ecovillage: a technecovillage.

A testing ground for biomimetic design and fabrication, unified by pursuits of social and biological benefit, developing decentralization, automation and accessibility.
[Website]

Sudo Room – Oct 2011-Current
Partner(s): Matt Senate, Marc Juul, many more
Sudo Room is an open membership, non-hierarchical, collaborative community interested in working towards social change. Our goal is to create an inclusive, dedicated hackerspace in downtown Oakland, and to collaborate on ideas and projects in citizen science, digital citizenship and literacy, environmental sustainability, community engagement, and self-government. Sudo Room is committed to access, empowerment, transparency and public good. Sudoers have a great diversity of interests and we emphasize respect and solidarity among ourselves and with others.
[Website]

The Pyre – April 2011-Current
Partner(s): Rikke Rasmussen, Azi Mandias, Jehan Tremback
The Pyre project is a collaborative effort to build a comprehensive set of DIY tools and resources to create and maintain socially equitable, ecologically sustainable and economically robust human societies. In order to achieve this, we are engaging as many interested parties as possible to collaborate on the creation, collection and curation of an extensive compendium of blueprints for building resilient communities. Our intent is to distribute these blueprints on a set of individually encrypted USB keys supporting the Live Linux Debian operating system that each user can customize to suit their individual needs and purposes. These keys would also provide the software platform for private and secure intra-community communication and organization, as well as inter-community peer-to-peer networking and collaboration.

In addition to the collection and re-distribution of blueprints created and prototyped by other groups, we will prototype and develop a model for urban/industrial blight/surplus commercial property reclamation using spare labor to decrease homelessness and fossil fuel dependency and increase food security, individual empowerment and community formation.
[Website]

Miscellaneous Skills

  • Basic Linux Systems Administration
  • User Research
  • Technical Documentation
  • Web Design (HTML, CSS, PHP, SQL, Flash)
  • Graphic Design (Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Video Editing (Final Cut Pro, iMovie)
  • Social media consulting
  • Extensive knowledge of research tools and software (DEVONthink, PulsePen, social bookmarking, mindmapping software)
  • Proficient with SPSS
  • Fluency in Danish, conversational in Spanish, literate in French, familiarity with Swahili

Organizations

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
The Free Network Foundation (FNF)
American Anthropological Association (AAA)
Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR)
Moving Anthropology Students Network (MASN)
Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness (SAC)