“Remember to imagine and craft the worlds you cannot live without, just as you dismantle the ones you cannot live within.”

Ruha Benjamin

I am a communication and STS scholar whose work is at the various intersections of technology, democracy, and racial/social justice. My dissertation examines the design practices and policies of startup tech companies as well as the online narratives of Black women who work(ed) in the technology industry in order to explore paths to designing and deploying democratically accountable technology. My overarching research goal is to democratize technology, its design and deployment, in hopes of producing more just and responsible technology, including its attendant policies and practices, in ways that make technology more inclusive. I have published in Feminist Media Studies (FMS) and presented my research at various conferences, including ACM CHI. My work has been covered by NPR and PBS affiliates, and republished by various other media outlets, including the Associated Press.