Hello, friends and family ✨ It is with overwhelming excitement that I share a big life update (as if getting engaged wasn’t big enough)! After considering a variety of offers from the University of Chicago, the University of Colorado-Boulder, Columbia University, and the University of Arizona, I have officially accepted an offer to pursue my PhD in Sociology at the University of Arizona! •
For folks who don’t yet know, I am interested in researching bias in software, algorithmic accountability, automated decision-making technologies, and connecting issues of big data to issues of justice, surveillance, violence, and social control. Applications of these interests include predictive policing software, technologies that attempt to solve for practical problems or mitigate social issues but reinforce bias and enact injustice, eligibility engines to determine who qualities for social services, and many more.
The faculty at UofA absolutely blew me away and the program is an excellent fit. My plan is to also pursue a minor in information studies, a graduate certificate in computational social science, and a graduate certificate in college teaching. This has been a dream of mine for 9 years and I can barely express my gratitude for everyone and every opportunity that prepared me for this. To my professors in undergrad (especially Dr. Citeroni, Dr. Schleef, and Dr. Bonds), to my bosses and mentors at FoodE, GEICO, and Nava, to my wonderful friends and family, to my mom and Tali especially...thank you all so much for believing in me, supporting me, and helping me grow in countless ways.
Looking forward to what comes next and to beginning this much-anticipated journey! 💖🌵☀️🌮
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