Research

Selected projects are listed below.
For more information about these, or any other initiatives I may be involved in, please e-mail me.

Wikicommons_PhyloTree Dissertation: Contingent Consensus: Documentary Control in Biodiversity Classifications
My National Science Foundation-funded dissertation (Science, Technology, and Society, 1556062), examines efforts within the scientific community to aggregate dispersed databases to facilitate information standardization and universal access. Central to these systems are nomenclatural and taxonomic mechanisms that validate, organize, and collocate data using established standards and classifications. This dissertation is about the identification, naming, control of, and access to, this cache of biodiversity knowledge, and the common information, documentation, and classification problems that materialize as part of this process. Invoking theories articulated in Information Studies, I examine how documentary control functions within the biodiversity environment, defined as it is by contingent concepts and documents, and how these disciplinary conditions negotiate this tension through classification structures. . Methods include historical and documentary analysis, as well as multi-sited, international qualitative fieldwork in the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Denmark, and Spain.

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History of the Book and Literacy Technologies
History of the Book is a UCLA Office of Instructional Development grant-funded online teaching resource and publishing platform for information and resources related to history of the book, print culture, and related topics, developed by Johanna Drucker, UCLA Breslauer Professor of Bibliography and Information Studies. The project exposes underutilized rare book and manuscript material from UCLA Library Special Collections. As Project Manager for History of the Book, I work closely with Dr. Drucker to develop all of its components, including the online infrastructure, workflows for content (original scholarly content, student-generated content, reference resources, and original digital photography), and undergraduate intern management. I also contribute original scholarly research that serves as part of the core History of the Book online coursebook.

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Seeing Sunset: Learning Los Angeles
Led by UCLA Professor Janice Reiff, Seeing Sunset is a Center for Digital Humanities and UCLA Office of Instructional Development supported project online teaching resource for use in one UCLA’s Freshman General Education Cluster, “Seeing Sunset: Learning Los Angeles.” The Drupal-designed project features original scholarly historical content, primary source material from UCLA Library Special Collections, as well as the innovative integration of various information delivery and representational tools. I have participated in this project on a number of levels working closely with Dr. Reiff since 2012, including primary source content selection, articulation of content workflows, infrastructure design & coordination, and classroom integration. I have developed and taught an original Cluster undergraduate seminar using the interface, as well as co-instructed numerous advanced undergraduate seminars with Prof. Reiff focused on creating student-generated content and expanding the capabilities of the platform. I am currently a Teaching Associate for the 2016-2017 offering of this course series.