I study the governance of the Internet through a blend of sociological and technological analysis. My interest is in the intrinsic qualities of interdependence which characterize Internet infrastructure. I employ qualitative methods in my research to study the practices, communities and institutions of the technical personnel responsible for building and operating the interconnected, interdependent technological systems of Internet infrastructure.
I won the 2016 iConference Doctoral Dissertation Award for my dissertation, in which I studied the role of social trust relationships in the practice of interconnecting the thousands of networks which make up the global Internet. In ongoing research, funded by the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, I am extending my doctoral work to study trust relationships in the practices of information security professionals.
I graduated with a Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Information in 2014. Prior to my doctoral studies, I spent a decade as a programmer and technical architect in companies such as Adobe Systems and Sun Microsystems.