Knowledge Organization | Philosophy of Information | Biodiversity Informatics | Science, Technology & Society Studies |
Library Studies | Digital Scholarship
I am a doctoral candidate in Information Studies at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. I successfully defended my dissertation on May 17, 2017. In Fall 2017 I will begin a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science at Indiana University Bloomington in the School of Informatics and Computing.
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.
My NSF-funded dissertation, titled, Contingent Consensus: Documentary Control in Biodiversity Classifications, explores what Information Studies can learn about taxonomies from studying the history, construction, and articulation of biodiversity knowledge organization systems. This research takes a critical Information Studies approach to study how knowledge is represented in biodiversity taxonomic databases, what conceptual assumptions these infrastructures embody, and assesses their ‘justness’ and efficacy in scientific practice. This research brings together several domains of scholarly activity including, classification theory, philosophy of information, documentation studies, biodiversity studies, systematics, Science, Technology & Society studies (STS), infrastructure studies, and data studies. Methods include documentary analysis and qualitative/ethnographic fieldwork involving semi-structured interviews and nonparticipant observation. 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.
My dissertation research has been awarded a Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Travel Honorarium, the 2016 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information (also profiled on UCLA’s Ampersand), as well as the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, by the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society, Beta Phi Mu.
Other fields of scholarly interest include, history of the book and print culture, library studies/management, special collections & archives, and scholarly & electronic publishing.
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.
I have extensive experience working in academic libraries and non-profit institutions. I’ve held professional positions in special collections and archives since 2007. Most recently, I was the Head of Public Services for Library Special Collections (LSC) at UCLA–ranked among the top ten academic research libraries in North America–where I led LSC’s reference, reader services, instruction, outreach, scholarly communication & publishing, and duplication services.