Selected publications & scholarship


Research interests:

Computational Media; Disconnection, Silence, & Avoidance; Journalism, Propaganda, & Media Ethics

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"Technologies of avoidance: The swear jar and the cell phone"
(First Monday)

Technologies of communication and use receive much scholarly attention while technologies of avoidance and non-use receive comparatively little...

"Enlightenment, the Remix: Transparency as a DJ's Trick of Seeing Everyone From Nowhere"
(Communication, Culture & Critique)

In 2009, scholars and journalists hailed YouTube remix artist Kutiman's 8-video musical opus Thru-YOU as an icon of democratic cultural production. This article builds from a close reading of those videos—and survey of press coverage and relevant scholarly literature—to ask why people attributed agency to the remixed rather than the remixer when fragments were appropriated from essentially private citizens rather than celebrities...

"Bias in the Flesh: Skin Complexion and Stereotype Consistency in Political Campaigns"
(Public Opinion Quarterly)

There is strong evidence linking skin complexion to negative stereotypes and adverse real-world outcomes. We extend these findings to political ad campaigns, in which skin complexion can be easily manipulated in ways that are difficult to detect... (Co-authored with Solomon Messing & Maria Jabon).

"Commitments not to communicate before and after digital media: a study of the will and ways to disconnect under changing conditions"
(doctoral dissertation)

...there has been no systematic treatment of the myriad ways people deliberately structure quiet into their lives. This dissertation is such an analysis. The economic concept of "commitment devices" is applied to communication, generating a new definition of communication avoidance...

Invited Talks (Selected)

"Breaking With Routine: Truth Beyond Mere 'Correctness' In Computer Science and Journalism."
Stanford University Department of Communication 9th Annual Rebele Symposium:
The Journalism We Need: An International Symposium. Stanford, CA (May 2018) ...video:




"Designed to Disconnect: Technologies of Non-Use and Communication Avoidance"
University of Toronto Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) & Toronto Region ACM SIGCHI (TorCHI)


"Filters Are Not Enough: The Right to Silence as a Design Imperative"
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of ACM SIGCHI (BayCHI). Given at
Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, CA (April 2016) ...video:




"Bitten Tongues To Digital Cacophony: Evolving Rights To Silence"
UMD Libraries, Special Collections in Mass Media and Culture, in Partnership with Media Studies at Catholic University of America



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