I am a qualitative researcher—and recovering software engineer—who studies the role of software in society as an integral infrastructural material through sociotechnical lenses. My infrastructure studies research continually seeks to examine and theorize collaborative work, especially that related to the development and use of software in different contexts. I am fundamentally interested in the co-construction and growth of emergent organizations and their associated software infrastructures. My primary intellectual home is Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) but I heavily draw from Science & Technology Studies (STS), Information Science, and Software Studies work since Infrastructure Studies cut across and draws from many fields.

 

I received a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering, with a minor in Economics, degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2010. I completed my PhD in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA in August 2016. I have had the privilege of being advised by Dr. Charlotte P. Lee in the Computer Supported Collaboration Laboratory where I am the lab manager and a graduate research assistant.

 

My dissertation is titled Software and Space: Investigating How a Cosmology Research Group Enacts Infrastructure by Producing Software. In this qualitative, episodic study I examine the cooperative research work of an observational cosmology research group at the University of Washington, Seattle WA. My dissertation examines how this group’s production of software is integral to their expression of scientific method, relying upon plots as a language to work across and among multiple layered research infrastructures. I illustrate how software is a material for expressing science rather than a simple tool for doing work. My dissertation offers a deep understanding of one group’s twenty-first century, data-intensive scientific research practice as a stepping stone for further inquiries and long-term policy development while emphasizing the necessity of understanding software’s role in life.

 

Outside of academia I enjoy literature, music, and in particular coffee. In the Seattle area I particularly enjoy Kuma Coffee at cafes such as Milstead & Company. I further enjoy spending time at Vif Coffee & Wine. In San Francisco I always try to visit Andytown Coffee Roasters and Saint Frank Coffee.

 

I may be reached for research inquiries at: pained – at – uw – dot – edu