Doctoral Student, Texas Tech University
I'm a doctoral student at Texas Tech University who studies civic engagement in social media with a focus on the user/designer divide. The interactive web has increased in complexity from HTML and CSS to a PHP and database driven environment that increasingly challenges what it means to be web literate. I trace these challenges in a number of environments, most notably I've worked with the Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol and LocalWiki.org in Davis California. In 2009-2010, I served as Fulbright scholar to the United Kingdom and spent a year working with the Knowle West Media Centre. Prior to that I spent 5 years working for Apple Computer and 2 years working for Hart InterCivic. In addition to my research, I write and serve as Digital Design Lead for Partisans.org. I also make a bit of time to write for SXSW ScreenBurn.