Knowledge Organization | Philosophy of Information & Documentation | Biodiversity Informatics | Museum Studies |
STS | Library Studies | Digital Scholarship
I am an Assistant Professor and Ph.D. Program Director in the Department of  Information and Library Science (ILS) in the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, at Indiana University Bloomington. I am affiliated faculty with the Integrated Program in the Environment at IU Bloomington, and with California Rare Book School at UCLA.
My research broadly examines how communities organize, classify, and share information and how the knowledge organizing (KO) infrastructures that support this exchange are affected by underlying values about knowledge. I have a tendency to emphasize museum and scientific communities. Lately, I’ve been involved in biodiversity, archaeological, urban green infrastructure,  climate, and Anthropocene studies.
My NSF-funded dissertation, titled, Contingent Consensus: Documentary Control in Biodiversity Classifications, explores what ILS can learn about taxonomies from studying the history, construction, and articulation of biodiversity knowledge organization systems. Findings have important implications for museums, libraries, data repositories, and scientific communities at a global level. You can find out more about my project on Ampersand, the online magazine of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, as well as on the UCLA Newsroom, the main media outlet for the University. This dissertation is currently being transformed into a monograph and the manuscript proposal is in its final stages of review.
I bring together several domains of scholarly activity in my work including, classification theory, philosophy of information, documentation studies, biodiversity studies, museum studies, Science, Technology & Society studies (STS), and data studies.
Other fields of scholarly interest include, history of the book and print culture, library studies/management, special collections & archives, and scholarly & electronic publishing. I am also actively involved in international ILS matters and most recently worked on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo to imagine a national training program and curriculum for information and library science—a partnership that I look to continue in the near future.
I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Information Studies at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). I graduated with a B.A. in American Literature and Culture, with a minor in Anthropology, from UCLA. I also received my M.F.A In Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and a M.L.I.S. with a specialization in Rare Books, Print and Visual Culture from UCLA.
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