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Broadly, my research tends to concern questions of how our "identities"--our self-concepts, our perceptions of our own behavior, and our community relationships--transform, break down, and reproduce themselves over time. These concerns lend themselves well to research in an number of different environments, and with a broad spectrum of populations--my prior work has taken me across the Internet, through alternative high schools and therapy clinics, into rural Sierra Leone and beyond. I am grateful that Michigan's highly interdisciplinary program has afforded me the freedom to work across departmental boundaries, helping me to establish strong relationships in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS), the Department of Women's Studies, and the School of Information.
Prior to undertaking graduate study at Michigan, I worked for several years in the consumer technology repair sector, and I have a continually developing interest in the sociology of communications and information technology; this interest has manifested itself most recently in a research project exploring the role that digital communities and forums have played in the development of what is currently being called the neurodiversity movement. This work has spawned a number of different lines of inquiry, abstracts for which are accessible on my personal website, linked above. Other research interests include queer and trans* identity "work," drug use and drug policy, and the sociology of education.
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