About me

I am  a doctoral student and researcher working at the intersections of health literacy and promotion, information practices,  and social computing. I am currently completing my doctoral studies in interdisciplinary studies (information studies and public health). Previously, I was a master’s in library and information studies graduate student with the iSchool at the University of British Columbia.

The broader scope of my PhD research investigates the health information practices, both online and offline, of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM). Specifically, I am interested in how gbMSM find information related to their sexual health and substance use preferences. Given this work in being completed in the context of Vancouver, Canada I am also interested in gbMSM information practices in the context of harm reduction.

As a HASTAC Scholar (2017-2019) I am investigating the perspectives of gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer men about experiences with various applications and other technology. Specifically, I am interested in their opinions about the metadata and ways to queer the algorithms for their design. In addition to these interests, I am developing a better understanding of how to incorporate a community and rights-based approach to social informatics along with information policy and practice research.