Hello! I’m a Ph.D. Candidate of Sociology at UC Berkeley and a Visiting Sociologist at Meta AI. An economic and cultural sociologist by training, I use mixed methods, including surveys, interviews, international fieldwork, and digital ethnographies to investigate whether socio-technical systems & AI technologies designed to improve our day-to-day lives meet their moral and social commitments. More specifically, my dissertation explores how monetary and gifting structures in the sharing economy shape ethical and social exchange between users. My secondary project uses online dating as a case study to examine the technocultural strategies people deploy to achieve goals when they “don’t understand” algorithms.
At Meta AI, I work on the “No Language Left Behind” team to make machine translation more socially and ethically oriented.
My research and ideas have been featured on NPR (Morning Edition, All Things Considered), San Francisco Chronicle, Quartz, GQ, Vox, Mashable, HuffPost, and USA Today.