2007 Award for
Excellence in Teaching


   
Research  |  Teaching

Current
As a postdoctoral research fellow at USC's Center for Visual Anthropology, I am currently researching and developing a prospectus for a book on integrating visual, auditory, and new media in social science research, teaching, and publication.

1993-2008
Ethnographer, San Francisco, California. Conducted dissertation field research on the social imaginaries and practices of media production and consumption in Cyborganic, "an influential early Web community." My dissertation, Communities of Innovation: Cyborganic and the Birth of Networked Social Media, examines the way this group of San Francisco Web workers integrated networked media into their work and daily lives during the first phase of the Web's development as a popular platform. Cyborganic members were on the launch teams of Wired magazine, Hotwired (the first ad-supported online magazine), c|net, and the Apache project. The genres, media, discourses, and cultural practices developed in this milieu were key to the initial development of Web publishing and prefigured "Web 2.0" in online collaboration, collective knowledge creation, and social networking.

1996-1997
Research Analyst, Emerging Technologies Group, Institute for the Future, Menlo Park, CA
Consultant to the Outlook Project on Intranets and Telecommunity—an ongoing research project on group oriented technologies and services (i.e., groupware, computer-supported collaboration, Internet, and intranets). Conducted an ethnographic study of intranets and telecommunities in large corporations, public institutions, and voluntary associations. Wrote research instrument, conducted interviews, co-authored "Creating the Corporate Commons: The Intersection of Intranets and Telecommunities."

Teaching

Lecturer, Studio Art,
University of California, Irvine.
Lecturer, Anthropology,
University Southern of California 2002-2008
Lecturer, Information & Computer Science,
University of California, Irvine
2003-2007
Teaching Assistant, Anthropology,
University of Southern California 1994-1996
Lecturer, Cinema Department,
San Francisco State University
  • Workshop in Film Production: Introduction to the technical, narrative, and aesthetic techniques of Super-8 and 16mm film production for Cinema majors.

  • Advanced Film Production: Senior thesis film workshop in 16mm production and post-production.
1990-1993
Assistant Lecturer Freshman Writing Program,
University of Southern California.
  • Composition 101 and 102: Taught expository writing, developed curriculum, participated in the honors Freshman Only Program, teaching writing in conjunction with an introductory course in Social Anthropology.
1989-1990
Teaching Assistant, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies,
University of Southern California
  • Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • Introduction to Social Anthropology