Hi there!

I'm currently a Ph.D. candidate in Information Science at Cornell University, based in NYC at Cornell Tech. I'm very lucky to be advised primarily by Nicola Dell and Deborah Estrin, with additional mentorship from Thomas Ristenpart, Karen E.C. Levy, Mary L. Gray, and many other collaborators. Currently, I am supported by a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship.

tl;dr: I study the role of computing in individual, interpersonal, and structural harms, and how to create more equitable tech. I use theories of social responsibility (e.g., feminism, trauma-informed care, participation) to reimagine how we design data-driven systems, and build and test alternatives in deep collaborations with affected communities.

I'm on the job market! I'll graduate from the PhD at Cornell Information Science in 2024. I'm open to TT faculty positions or research-oriented industry roles. My lab will explore how tenets of equity and social responsibility can be realized in computer science + engineering. If my work speaks to you, please get in touch!

contact me: Email is best. You can reach me at et397 at cornell dot edu. I also tweet sometimes.

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Longer version: I work at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer security and privacy (S&P) to measure and mitigate digital technologies' role in harm: how platforms, devices, and algorithms are increasingly weaponized to control and harass the most vulnerable among us. I focus on high-stakes and real-world contexts where technology is central to people's experiences of vulnerability, and where power dynamics make it difficult for individuals to overcome the harms they face. My research style involves partnering with affected communities to build and evaluate experimental systems improving their safety and well-being. Through this practice, I develop transferable principles for responsible computing.

I publish at top-tier venues in HCI and social computing (ACM CHI, CSCW) and S&P (USENIX Security, IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy). Together with my amazing collaborators, students and mentors, I have earned 3 Best Paper Awards (top 1%), 1 Honorable Mention (top 5%), and third place in the 2020 Internet Defense Prize, as well as fellowships from Microsoft Research, Cornell IS, the Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems, and Rising Stars in EECS. Our work has additionally been published in JAMA, a top-tier medical journal, and appeared at highly selective privacy conferences, including the Privacy Law Scholars Conference and the Reidenberg Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop.

In addition to advancing scholarly conversations around computing and design, my work centers real-world impact. I am part of the team building the Clinic to End Tech Abuse (CETA), where my work has helped provide survivors of tech-enabled intimate partner violence with volunteer security and privacy support. CETA has served hundreds of survivors in the New York City area since 2018, and earned accolades from the New York City Mayor's Office to End Gender-Based Violence. With CETA, I have consulted on U.S. Senate legislation establishing legal protections for IPV survivors, resulting in the Safe Connections Act, signed into law in 2022. I have also been invited to share my work in industry, via talks at Microsoft, Meta, and Google. Most recently, I gave a keynote address at Google Trust & Safety's workshop on protecting at-risk users.

Before this, I earned a B.A. from Princeton University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), a field-leading department in computational approaches to understanding the biological and social worlds. I focused on the epidemiology and control of infectious disease epidemics, and my undergraduate thesis earned the department's top prize in mathematical modeling. I also earned an M.S. from Cornell Tech in Health Tech, where I added graduate-level education in machine learning and HCI to my toolkit. In previous lives I made radio, print and multimedia journalism and ran early-stage product development at a consumer health tech startup. I've also worked as a healthcare consultant in the U.S. and taught software engineering.


April 2024
Wonderful to have a paper accepted at ACM FAccT 2024!
Spring 2024
On the academic job market for TT positions.
July 2023
Delighted to give a keynote at the Google Protecting At-Risk Users Workshop!
June 2023
Honored to receive one of the inaugural Outstanding TA Awards from the Cornell Tech faculty! Teaching has been a vital part of my scholarly practice, and this is a wonderful recognition.
June 2023
Attending the CSST Summer Research Institute later in the month. Thrilled!
June 2023
Honored to have moderated an incredible panel discussion at our ACM FAccT CRAFT session, Community-Collaborative Visions for Computing Research. Excited that our CSCW workshop has also been accepted!
June 2023
Presented several works at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference in Boulder, CO. Thank you to an incredibly welcoming community!