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Online social networking, cyberanthropology, virtual ethnography, computer-mediated communication, new media, transliteracies, evolution of media, “digital natives,” neotribalism, subcultural theory, youth subcultures, global trance music and culture, intentional communities, the green movement, participatory media, net neutrality, identity performance, semiotics, discursive analysis, phenomenology, proxemics, poetics, science fiction, New Age folklores.


My interests lie in the intersections between people, culture, and technology. I'd love to meet all sorts of individuals who are working to enhance community development and maintenance through myriad technologies, particularly in developing countries. I am also interested in helping with research projects pertaining to cyberlaw, media policy, transliteracy, social media and education. Bio: I recently completed my masters in Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where I conducted ethnographic research on the online social networking sites MySpace, Facebook, and My virtual ethnography can be viewed or downloaded at The Virtual Campfire. In September, I will begin a Ph.D program in Communication at the University of California, San Diego. Currently, I am interning as a research assistant for the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, working on two projects: with danah boyd, I'm finishing an interdisciplinary literature review on the issue of pro-self harm websites [eg; pro-eating disorder, pro-cutting, pro-suicide]; this past month, I began working on the Media Cloud project, a large-scale effort to organize the worldwide flow of news online and track the circulation of memes. Other current research projects include research on the way members of the psytrance underground utilize the internet to facilitate local scenes and a global community, as well as exploring new ways of writing and conducting ethnography at the dawn of the cyberculture. I encourage those interested and engaged in this field to contribute to Webnographers Wiki, a compendium of resources pertaining to the field of virtual ethnography. First smitten with the field of anthropology upon learning about bonobos (a breed of chimpanzee that literally makes love not war), I have found myself drawn toward theories of neotribalism, liminality, and proxemics (the study of the distance people feel is necessary to put between themselves and others).

Work experience

May 2008Present

Research Assistant

Media Cloud • Mentor: Stephen Schultz • Responsibilities: Assist in the back-end development and accuracy of a large-scale open-source system tracking the worldwide flow of news online. Pose research questions and develop potential uses of the tool. Digital Natives • Mentor: danah boyd • Responsibilities: Conduct an extensive review of interdisciplinary literature pertaining to the subject of deliberate self-harm and the internet, including popular discourses, quantitative and qualitative studies, legal and grassroots initiatives.
Jan 2008Jun 2008


Anthropology graduate student writes about online social networking, spins wild poetry, recommends and rants about music and creativity.
Sep 2004May 2007


Training and experience working for professors: Website design, HTML, CSS, Adobe Photoshop, MS Word & Excel, Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator. iMovie, Final Cut Pro.

Website Reviewer (Contract)

Reviewing websites for a startup online company geared toward the 50+ demographic.
Sep 2005May 2006


Social Psychology Network
Maintained, including many miscellaneous IT-related tasks.
Jun 2005Sep 2005

One-on-One Aide

New Hartford BOCES
One-on-one assistant to an 18-year old mentally retarded girl enrolled in the BOCES summer school program.




Wesleyan University
Based on five years of participant-observation on the social networking sites MySpace, Facebook, and, The Virtual Campfire explores the increasingly blurred boundaries between human and machine, public and private, voyeurism and exhibitionism, the history of media and our digitized future. Woven throughout are the stories and experiences of those who engage with these sites regularly and ritualistically, the generation of "digital natives" whose tales attest to the often strange and uncomfortable ways online social networking sites have come to be embedded in the everyday lives of American youth. The Virtual Campfire: An Ethnography of Online Social Networking can be read at


Wesleyan University


Video Editing
Web Design


Mar 2008Present

Teaching English as a Foreign Language