I'm a doctoral student at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at USC.
I study how digital technologies shape civic engagement and political activism, especially transnationally. I explore this topic at the intersection of online politics, digital platforms and infrastructures, and social movements by drawing from multiple traditions such as critical race studies, political economy, and STS. My research has been supported by NYU MCC, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute, the Membership Puzzle Project, and the American Political Science Association.
I have a Master of Arts in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU and a Bachelor of Science in Economics, with a minor in Asian American Studies, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Before beginning my PhD, I worked as a product manager, data analyst, and digital strategist in progressive digital media and advocacy organizations such as MoveOn, HuffPost, Upworthy, and Planned Parenthood.
I am available for research, data, and product consulting or contracts through my consultancy, N+R Insights.
Presented a paper at AoIR 2021: "Internet Governance for Whom? Civil Society, Representation, and Digital Rights"
Presented a paper at APSA 2021: "Evaluating Motivations for Microtargeted Digital Political Advertising in the 2020 Presidential Elections"
Awarded travel grants by APSA and APSA's LGBT Committe to attend the annual convention in Seattle
Began PhD program at USC Annenberg
Paper accepted at GigaNet 2021: "Mapping Civil Society Representativeness in Digital Rights Activism" (December 2021)
Published, along with Jennifer Kho, a research report, "Building healthy membership communities: Lessons from newsrooms around the world", and presented our findings at the Membership Puzzle Project summit
Presented a paper at IAMCR 2021: "The Politics of (Dis)connectivity: Mobile Internet as Political Infrastructure in Internet Shutdowns"
Awarded Virginia Gray Graduate Research Grant from the Political Organizations and Parties (POP) section of APSA
Paper accepted at GRISTS 2021: "Contesting Citizenship on Github: A Case Study of 'Making Aarogya Setu Open Source'" (October 2021)
Presented paper at ICA 2021: "Contingent Connectivity: How Internet Shutdowns Shape Access to Citizenship"
Awarded C.V. Starr Fund research grant from the A/P/A Institute to study South Asian American digital activism
Graduated with a Master of Arts from NYU MCC
Awarded the Distinguished Thesis Award from NYU MCC