Combining ethnographic expertise with a strong technical background, I research, teach, and write about people’s encounters with technology.

I am also an avid hiker (PCT 2013, AT 2008), Portland Thorns fan, sci-fi/fantasy reader, and novice ceramist.

I am currently a Senior Instructor in the Computer Science department at Portland State University.  » PSU Homepage « 

A photo of me

Photo of my PCT finish!

A photo of writing-in-progress

I teach courses in computer science, computer ethics, human-computer interaction, and the social impacts of technology  » Teaching « 

I research user experience, work practice, and the broader social impacts of contemporary computing and design. I have studied the technological contexts that shape: labor and the future of work, philanthropy and social change, microbial science, suburban family life, and possibilities for disconnection on the Pacific Crest Trail.  » Research « 

I also know how to write software; I have worked in technical support; and I used to design custom textiles, furniture, and print advertisements.  » CV & Resume « 

I live with my partner, Luke Olbrish, in Portland, Oregon.  » Bio «