I earned a PhD in information studies from UCLA and am currently a research fellow in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. I conduct sociocultural research on race, gender, and technology with a special interest in studying how the use of culturally responsive computing practices can increase girls’ participation in STEM activities.
I am currently conducting research on how technology programs can use girls’ self- identified cultural markers to shape the “responsive” nature of computational learning experiences (National Science Foundation award #1651653). I am also experimenting with a low-resource model for promoting culturally responsive computing programs in public libraries (IMLS award #LG-80-16-0116-16). My research team is composed of scholars from the fields of education, information studies, and computer science, and I have active collaborations with partners such as Black Girls Rock!, The Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, Ypsilanti District Library, Tempe Public Library, and Imperial County Free Library.
Previously, I served as a postdoctoral scholar in the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST) at Arizona State University where I co-developed a culturally responsive computing curriculum for adolescent girls of color that aims to improve computational thinking skills and feelings of self-efficacy.
Before entering academia, I worked as a bilingual elementary school teacher in Texas.