Research Interests

I study how technology helps people cooperate meaningfully within their communities (civic technology). My current research uses network science, complex systems, and social choice theory to study the governance of large-scale, internet-enabled communities (e.g., Wikipedia, Occupy). I'm currently a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. Daniel Romero is my advisor. Formerly, I worked as a staff researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media. I've arrived here by way of physics and computer science (S.B. MIT, 2006) and applied math (M.Math Waterloo, 2009). In the past, I've also done research on fault-tolerance and quantum computing.

Some of my specific interests include: consensus, vertex-transitive networks, affiliation networks, community-detection, fault tolerance, and spectral graph theory.

Working Papers