I am a doctoral candidate at the UCLA Dept. Of Information Studies. My background is in journalism and communications, and I spent several years as a writer and editor across Europe before moving to Los Angeles to pursue my PhD. I hold a masters in Comparative Education with a minor in Cultural Studies from UCLA and a masters in Media Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I am broadly interested in how people imagine, design and implement technology in education, and how technology shapes knowledge production and distribution in society. My dissertation project examines the implementation of open textbooks in colleges across California, focusing on issues of labor, materiality and usage. Other research interests include technology access and equity, digital futures and the history of knowledge. I am also very passionate about teaching and mentoring undergraduates and have worked with over 800 students in the past five years here at UCLA. In addition to my teaching and research, I regularly contribute to Inside Higher Ed on issues of educational technology, language teaching and student wellness. In case you’re wondering, my name is pronounced Ktenà.