I am a scholar of digital studies and education. I draw on ethnographic and historical methods, as well as critical technical analysis, to understand the ways in which emerging digital tools are impacting on teaching and learning in higher education. I’m also interested in new and emerging digital research methods and collaborative practices in digital scholarship. Additionally, I work on issues of digital labor in higher education. Other research interests include critical data studies, new literacies and community college libraries.
Recently, my work has centered on open education, and open textbooks in particular. My dissertation, “From Codex to Bits: Discourses, Practices and Materialities in the Open Textbook phenomenon,” is a multi-sited ethnographic study of open textbook development and use across community colleges and state universities in California. Currently, I am working on a research project that examines open educational practices in art history, as well as an invited book chapter on the marketization of open educational resources, which highlights sustainability challenges, conflicts of interest and unresolved issues around quality assurance in the OER space. I am also developing a book proposal that extends my dissertation analysis by considering OER implementation issues and best practices from a library perspective, and which is informed by my current role as OER Librarian at College of the Sequoias in Central California.
In 2019, I received my PhD from the Department of Information Studies at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Previously, I studied Media Anthropology, Education/Cultural Studies and Optometry at the School of Oriental and African Studies in England, the UCLA Department of Education, and the Technological Educational Institute of Athens in Greece respectively. My outlook is highly interdisciplinary and informed, in addition to my academic training, by my background in journalism, communications and art management.