What is a textbook? How do students use it? What are its economics? These are some of the research question I am looking at today. I am particularly interested in how the textbook industry has been reshaped by recent technological developments, such as open access, machine learning and big data analytics. I also study how open source and open publishing tools can be used to support collaborative, creative, and personalized approaches to teaching and learning.
My dissertation, “From Codex to Bits: Discourses, Practices and Materialities in the Open Textbook Phenomenon,” is a multi-sited ethnographic study of open textbook implementation across community colleges and state universities in California, focusing on issues of labor, technical interoperability and use/reuse. Currently, I am working on two research projects: 1) a critical examination of the commercialization of open educational resources (OER) and their relationship to platform capitalism, and 2) a qualitative study of OER use in introductory Art History. I am also co-authoring a book about the current state of “openness” (open science, open access, open source software etc.) with colleagues at the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Department of Anthropology at Pitzer College.
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, publishing, and art management.