I am a researcher, educator, designer, project manager, facilitator, and critic. I am interested in working on anti-oppression efforts and collective liberation through social and mobile technologies, organizational structures, and sociotechnical processes.
I have a PhD from the Digital Media program in the College of Literature, Media, and Communication under the Ivan Allen College at Georgia Tech. My dissertation is titled "Prefigurative Design as an Alternate Model for Civic Engagement." I use design research to suggest alternative sociopolitical frameworks for more just technology design, focusing specifically on anarchism as a mode of direct democracy.
My research experience includes design workshops, housing justice activists, bike advocates, Facebook, city planners, animated gifs, neighborhood elders, student organizers, smartphones, pipe cleaners, protests, sit-ins, bike rides, and videogames.
- Prefigurative Design as a Method for Research Justice. CSCW 2019. (Honorable mention, top 5% of all submissions)
- Creating a Sociotechnical API: Designing City-Scale Community Engagement.
With Christopher Le Dantec, Becky Nielseen, and Kate Diedrick. CHI 2017. (Honorable mention, top 5% of all submissions)
- Tap the 'Make This Public' Button: A Design-Based Inquiry Into Issue Advocacy and Digital Civics. With Christopher A. Le Dantec. CHI 2017.
- Illegitimate Civic Participation: Supporting Community Activists on the Ground. With Christopher Le Dantec. CSCW 2015. (Honorable mention, top 5% of all submissions)
- Speculative Activist Technologies. With Sarah Fox, Christopher Le Dantec. iConference 2014.
- Currently working on: Our Muslim Voices.
- Atlanta Community Engagment Playbook.  the online playbook,  Atlanta Studies coverage.
- Cycle Atlanta.  interactive map (note: slow to load),  City of Atlanta study plan.
- Advocating Through Data: Community Visibilities in Crowdsourced Cycling Data. In Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation: Biking For All? [PDF]
- Designing From Margin to Center: Creating an Inclusive Space for Different Games. With Sarah Schoemann. In Diversifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat. [PDF]
- LMC 3710: Principles of Interaction Design [PDF].
- LMC 2400: Introduction to Media Studies [PDF].
- LMC 2720: Principles of Visual Design (forthcoming)
- Dissertation presentation: Prefigurative Design for Civic Engagement, GT 2019. [mp4]
- Creating a Sociotechnical API, CHI 2017. [YouTube]
- Illegitimate Civic Participation, UW 2015. [YouTube]
- The Labors of Inclusivity, AlterConf 2015. With Sarah Schoemann.[YouTube]
- Game Festivals Around the World, FreePlay 2015. With Sarah Schoemann. [YouTube]
- Techno-Utopias, Discrit: Season One, Murmur, 2018. Curated readings and artifacts for group discussion. [PDF]
- Press release for Our Muslim Voices from UC Berkeley iSchool
- Coverage of Cycle Atlanta in WABE/NPR.
- Editorial article on designing civic events in Interactions (ACM professional magazine). With Sarah Schoemann. [PDF]
- Editorial article on speculative urban technologies in Civic Quarterly. With Carl DiSalvo and Christopher LeDantec.
- Pacific Standard's 30 Top Thinkers Under 30, 2016.
- Interview with NPR's Code Switch about Muslim representation in comics.
- My Tender Summer Heart, a multimedia mixtape.
- On the importance of Propagandhi. Podcast with Shady Kimzey. [wav] Cities as Data. Podcast with Thomas Lodato. [audio]