I am a PhD candidate at the Department of the History of Science at Harvard and a research fellow at the Science, Technology, and Society Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. I am interested in digital technologies, changing notions of public trust and democratic governance, and narratives of crisis and future-making in the US, and how the ways people talk across these three domains often intersect and echo one another. My dissertation traces technical attempts to solve the problems of trust and transparency, with a focus on the development of electronic payment systems and public key cryptography in late 20th- and early 21st-century US.
I am an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, a doctoral associate of the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at the Harvard Divinity School, a Lemelson Center Fellow, and a 2018-19 Edmond J. Safra Graduate Fellow in Ethics. Previously, I served as a teaching fellow for courses on digital technology and culture, science and law in the US, and science and religion, and I co-taught a short graduate seminar on global crisis and science fiction.
Before joining the History of Science department, I completed a MSc in Social Science of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute, where my thesis examined the social and material infrastructure of Bitcoin. That work served as the initial basis for a co-authored article recently published in New Media & Society. While studying at the OII, I also pursued projects on urban digital geography and mobile technology. I hold a BA in Social Studies with a secondary in Computer Science from Harvard College. Before coming to the US, I spent two very rainy but formative years at Red Cross Nordic United World College in Flekke, Norway.