I am a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in information science in the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University and a member of the InfoSeeking Lab. My research interests lie at the intersection of human-computer interaction, human information behavior, and interactive information retrieval. Broadly, I focus on users’ interactions and experiences with information systems, particularly the barriers they face. I use a range of qualitative and quantitative methods in both data collection and analysis such as lab and remote user studies, semi-structured interviews, online diaries, questionnaires, statistical analyses, and qualitative thematic analysis.

My current dissertation research examined the effects of study settings (laboratory vs. field) and tasks (authentic vs. simulated) on users’ web searching and browsing behaviors. This research discovered differences in user behavior in different study settings and informed future user research design for ideal settings & tasks. My committee members include Dr. Nicholas Belkin, Dr. Kaitlin Costello, Dr. Diane Kelly, and Dr. Chirag Shah (chair).