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Hello there. I am an Assistant Professor in the department of Information Science at the
University of Colorado Boulder where I research digital identity, social media, and human centered computing.

Over the past six years I have studied our "digital afterlives" to improve the management
of accounts and data after we die and to better support those we leave behind.

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Stewarding Online Identities for the Deceased

We are exploring issues around inheritance and post-mortem data management of Facebook accounts. We are finding that people focus less on ownership of data, and instead on the duties and potential conflicts associated with maintaining accounts post-mortem. “Stewardship” is an alternative to inheritance when designing for post-mortem data management practices.
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Death and the Social Network: The Persistence of Digital Identity

What happens to your digital identity after you die? There is a growing presence of profiles on social networking sites representing individuals who are no longer alive. Post-mortem, friends use social network sites to say last goodbyes, share memories, and coordinate funereal arrangements.
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Thrilled to announce that I will be joining the faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder as one of the founding members of the new Department of Information Science in the College of Media, Communication, and Information.

June 2, 2015

I successfully defended my dissertation, “Death, Identity, and the Social Network.” Many thanks to my generous committee and supportive colleagues.

June 2, 2015

Facebook introduces “Legacy Contacts” to support stewardship of post-mortem profiles.

February 12, 2015

Both of my CSCW 2015 papers receive Honorable Mention by the “Best of CSCW” committee.

January 14, 2015

Panel accepted to CSCW 2015: Facebooking In “Face:” Complex Identities Meet Simple Databases, with Handel, Bivens, Haimson, Lingel, and Yarosh.

December 16, 2014

Two papers accepted to CSCW’15: ‘Is to Was’, a study of posthumous Wikipedia biographies (w/ Brian Keegan) and a study of gender transition on Facebook (w/ Oliver Haimson)

October 9, 2014

Named the Robert Kling Memorial Endowed Fellow for 2014

September 1, 2014