I am a Special Faculty Instructor and the Associate Director of Carnegie Mellon University's Masters in Privacy Engineering program. I am also part of the Collaboratory Against Hate working with Geoff Kaufman to explore design interventions informed by social psychology that could combat the proliferation of hate on online forums. Previously, I was a PhD student in the Societal Computing program at Carnegie Mellon University, advised by Lorrie Faith Cranor. My research studies people's behaviors and preferences when interacting with technology, focusing on issues that have societal impact such as security and privacy.
Prior to starting my PhD, I completed a Bachelors in Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cornell University and a Masters in Information Technology - Information Security from Carnegie Mellon University. I also worked as a software engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense.
I teach and facilitate core courses in the MSIT-Privacy Engineering program, including Engineering Privacy in Software, Special Topics in Privacy, and Privacy-by-Design Workshop.
I am conducting a user study to explore the effectiveness of different design interventions in preventing individuals who encounter hateful messaging online from acquiring and propagating such views. This research implements approaches related to social identity and normative behavior and extends prior work examining psychological interventions for promoting civil discourse online.
I developed user study protocols to investigate research questions in the space of usable privacy and security. I utilized quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze data collected from these user studies. My thesis provides a systemic approach for evaluating the usability of privacy choice interfaces.
During my internship, I designed and conducted a user study to better understand the role of context on public sharing decisions of Snapchat users, and communicated the findings to stakeholders within the company to inform future product development. I also collaborated with Marketing, Privacy Engineering, and Legal teams to help establish organizational processes for conducting HCI research.
At Apple, I collaborated with teams cross-functionally to ensure that feature designs for new and existing Apple products were privacy-protective for customers. I also developed tools to automate recurring Privacy Engineering tasks and analyzed reported data to better understand customer privacy needs.
As a research assistant, I facilitated a diary and interview study of online data sharing practices in order to better understand user requirements for applications and services. My contributions included coordinating and conducting participant interviews, and analyzing survey data through interview coding.
I also helped design a user study protocol to investigate effective notification mediums for Internet of Things devices. As part of this study, I modified a PhoneGap Android application to send push notifications containing variations of a privacy notice for a Fitbit device.
While at the DoD, I led efforts to implement capabilities to generate different cryptographic products by a Key Management Infrastructure (KMI). I also updated system components to integrate new KMI capabilities and virtualized them for use in the development environment.
Scholarships & Awards
European Symposium on Usable Security (EuroUSEC) Program Committee (2023)
Workshop on Usable Security and Privacy (USEC) Program Committee (2023)
Who Are You!? Adventures in Authentication (WAY) Program Committee (2019)
PhD Women@SCS Board (2019)
Graduate Student Assembly (2019)
OurCS Conference Committee (2019)
OurCS Facilitator (2017, 2019)
INI Alumni Leadership Council (2018-2021)