Research Program

As a sociologist, I study the social dimensions of technology with an empirical focus on communications & information technology (CIT). My research emphasizes the broader social and political contexts of CIT, focusing especially on risk, surveillance, privacy, and social justice. It involves the use of mixed methods to empirically specify and assess the information-processing practices of professionals, organizations and networks.

The aim of this research program is to create an evidentiary foundation for understanding the relationship between information flows, the practices that nurture or impede them, and the resulting configurations of governance that they enable or disrupt. At a pragmatic, everyday level, this involves forging partnerships that span government, academic and community-based organizations, and using these partnerships to mobilize innovative best practices through the creation of evidence-informed policy.