I'm a doctoral student at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at USC.
I study how digital technologies shapes digital politics, especially transnationally. I explore this topic at the intersection of political communication, digital activism, and internet policy by drawing from multiple traditions such as critical race studies, postcolonial theory, 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.
Scheduled to present a paper at GigaNet 2021: "The Geopolitics of Digital Rights Discourse: Mapping Civil Society Representation at RightsCon" on December 6
Presented a paper at GRiSTS 2021: "Contesting Citizenship on Github: A Case Study of 'Making Aarogya Setu Open Source'"
Awarded a travel grant from the NCA Student Caucus to attend the annual convention in Seattle
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"
Began PhD program at USC Annenberg
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
Joined CITAP as a graduate student affiliate for 2021–22
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
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
Awarded a research grant from the NYU Steinhardt Graduate Student Organization