I am an associate professor in the Technologies in Practice and Interaction Design (IxD) research groups at the IT University of Copenhagen in Denmark. I have been here for a while but despite my best efforts so far I speak very little Danish. My main research focus right now is on the role communication technologies play in supporting social networks and the meaning personal relationships hold for individuals involved in them. My field sites for this research are Russia and Kazakhstan. I believe that investigating relationships in non-western countries will contribute to a range of ongoing scholarly and technology development conversations about the politics of access, transnationality, technological colonialism, cultural differences, locality and mediation. This work is a collaboration with Paul Dourish and Silvia Lindtner from the University of California, Irvine. My research approach is highly interdisciplinary and I strongly believe in combining qualitative and quantitative methodologies with longitudinal research designs for a deeper understanding of human behavior.
Prior to coming to Denmark, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the department of Informatics in the Donald Bren school of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. I worked primarily with Paul Dourish. I have also collaborated with colleagues in other departments, such as Simon Cole from the department of Criminology at UCI and with Drs Leysia Palen and Jeannette Sutton from CU Boulder.
I graduated from the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in the summer of 2007 after successfully defending my dissertation, entitled "Residential Mobility, Technology and Social Ties." While at Carnegie Mellon, I had the privelege to work with my advisers, Robert Kraut and Sara Kiesler who taught me a great deal about this research business.
Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon, I spent two years working for the Mammoth Mountain Ski & Snowboard Team as a ski-coach and as an administrator. Before spending two years skiing, I graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in Psychology and Art History. While at USC, I worked with Stephen Read on an honors project that dealt with friendship formation in virtual reality text-based games (MUDs).
Though I am pretty "americanized", I was born and grew up in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It's no wonder then that I am now coming back to Russia and Kazakhstan as sites for my fieldwork.