I am a master’s student at Georgetown University obtaining a degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology. I am focused on the intersection of technology, infrastructure, and design and the effects these domains have on broader systems, including human-infrastructure interaction and urban development. My thesis research is focused on new infrastructures being developed and implemented to mitigate exponential growth in cities.
City infrastructure development is a growing interest of mine, but communication and media is where I excel. I majored in Visual Media as an undergrad at American University, studying film production, photography, and web design. I have utilized those skills in all of my post-collegiate jobs. I received two minor degrees as well, one in Justice and one in Spanish. I continue to look for ways to combine my visual media training with my education and interest in topics of justice, such as human rights and international affairs.
During my time in graduate school, I have made sure to take advantage of the many personal and professional opportunities available to me. I have blogged for multiple media outlets, including Aslan Media, an online news outlet dedicated to informing, educating and engaging the public on political, social, religious and cultural issues related to the greater Middle East; gnovis, an academic blog run by graduate students in the Communication, Culture, and Technology program at Georgetown; and Electronic Media and Politics, a dynamic online journal that is adaptive to new media and evolving forms of political communication research.
I have also studied broad, applicable theories through which to view many of today’s small and large problems. These have included network theory, complexity theory, systems thinking, future forecasting, and scenario planning. I believe in approaching problem solving through a holistic and an interdisciplinary lens that emphasizes cultural sensitivity, grounded theory, and qualitative analysis.
I am currently the Social Media and Communications Coordinator at the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, a non-profit focused on improving the long-term financial security of all women through education and advocacy. I am also the Program Assistant for the National Political Science Honor Society, the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States. Before returning to school, I worked as the Program Coordinator at The Commonwealth Club of California, the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum, where I helped to produce about 300 events and radio programs annually with celebrities, academics, and politicians. Notable speakers included Secretary Hillary Clinton, The New York Times columnist David Brooks, CEO of Dow Jones & Company Les Hinton, and scholars Noam Chomsky and Reza Aslan.