I am an Assistant Professor in Information Science at Cornell Tech in New York City. I am also a part of the Jacobs Technion Cornell Institute and a field member in the department of Computer Science.
My research interests are in information and communication technologies for development (ICTD), human-computer interaction (HCI), and mobile computing. My main focus is on designing and evaluating systems that improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions. I am broadly interested in understanding the social, technical, and infrastructural challenges faced by new and diverse user groups in low-resource environments and creating new technologies to address their uniquely situated needs. To do this, I partner with numerous NGOs and government ministries to design and deploy systems that aim to have a positive impact in the world.
I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. At UW CSE I was a member of the Open Data Kit (ODK) research team. From 2011-2015 I also ran the Change Seminar, a group at the University of Washington exploring how technology can improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions.