I am an Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the School of Literature, Media and Communication at Georgia Tech, where I direct the Local Data Design Lab. I teach courses in Digital/Computational Media, Human-Computer Interaction and Science, Technology and Society. My research is focused on helping creative people think critically about the social implications of emerging technologies.

I currently have a new book in production, entitled All Data are Local, (MIT Press, forthcoming 2019) It is addressed to a growing audience of practitioners (in academia and beyond) who want to work with unfamiliar data both effectively and ethically. My message to readers is this: learn to think in terms of data settings—defined by the contexts in which data are made and used—not simply data sets.

In the past, I have written at length about how technologies for modeling and simulation have shaped contemporary roles and relationships in building design (Co-designers: Cultures of Computer Simulation in Architecture Routledge, 2012).

If you are interested in learning more about my work, please send me an email.

Recent Work:

2018. “All the Homes: Zillow and the Operational Context of Data.” in Transforming Digital Worlds. pdf

2017. with Anne Pollock. “After Big Data Failed: The Enduring Allure of Numbers in the Wake of the 2016 US Election.” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society. online

2016. “A place for Big Data: Close and distant readings of accessions data from the Arnold Arboretum” Big Data & Societyonline

2016. “Taking Big Data apart: local readings of composite media collections” Information, Communication, and Society. online

2016. with Vertesi, Janet, David Ribes, Laura Forlano, Yanni A. Loukissas, and Marisa Cohn, 2016. “Engaging, Critiquing, and Making Digital Systems: Crossings between STS and Design,” in The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, edited by Clark Miller, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Ulrike Felt, and Rayvon Fouche. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Recent events include Humanities Data VisualizationDigitalSTS and Design and Beautiful Data 1 and 2.