An anthropologist of emerging media technologies, I study how culture shapes technology and how technology shapes culture. I research and write about how urban middle classes take shape on and through social and mobile platforms, in the context of increasing precarity and the casualization of labor. I have written about the cultural rather than economic anxieties of the white middle class in the U.S., the invisible labor of academic precarity, the unpaid digital labor of content creation, and how social media merged with news reading.
I have conducted ethnographic research in Berlin, the U.S., and elsewhere in Europe on how young, mobile users connect locally, nationally, and transnationally on Facebook and mobile phones. These connections are reshaping everyday experiences of place, as I argue in my book Mobile City on emerging media and transnationalism in late 2000s Berlin (Penn Press, forthcoming).
Currently, I consult with Implosion Labs, an ethnographic research group, on technology & ethics, critical design & society, and cyberhate & harassment. I also teach courses on queer and feminist studies of science and technology at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering.