• ICT use of immigrant women entrepreneurs in an urban economy (2016) – For my dissertation project, I examined the information and communication technology (ICT) adoption and use of immigrant women entrepreneurs in New York City. More specifically, I looked at how immigrant women entrepreneurs are strategically using ICTs to seek information, to communicate with their clients and suppliers, and to negotiate the social inequalities created by their gender, ethnic, religious, and immigrant identities as well as the intersectionality of these identities. In addition, I looked at the impact of ICT use on their social and economic development. (Chaired by Dr. Craig Scott)
  • Methods | in-depth interviews, participant observation, survey, social network analysis
  • Meta-analysis of ICT for development projects in Africa (2015) – As a USAID Research and Innovation research fellow at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, I worked on a meta-analysis of ICT for development (ICT4D) research in Africa to revisit the conceptualization and operationalization of impact, development, and sustainability across different research traditions and domains; and to identify the methodological and theoretical gaps in the field. The results of this project is published at the conference proceedings of International Development Informatics Association’s annual conference. (Supervised by Dr. Jean-Paul Van Belle)
  • Methods | desk research, field study
  • Broadband adoption of low socio-economic communities in the U.S. (2014) – As a research assistant at the Open Technology Institute of New America, I worked on a digital inclusion project funded by EveryoneOn. The goal of this project was to develop a methodology for studying the impact of various factors on whether or not low-status communities choose to sign up for low-cost Internet service. A white paper is produced from this project. (Supervised by Greta Byrum)
  • Methods | desk research
  • Social media use and information networks of media organizations in Afghanistan (2013) – As a research assistant at Internews Media for the Afghanistan Media Development and Empowerment Project (AMDEP) funded by USAID, I investigated the evolving nascent media sector in Afghanistan and surrounding rural provinces and  looked at how media organizations seek information through the use of ICTs and build a community-wide network that supports information sharing among members. In addition, I identified where local and international media organizations are located in the media network and the implications of this network structure. This study is presented at IAMCR and in preparation for publication. (PI: Dr. Marya Doerfel)
  • Methods | survey, social network analysis
  • Social media use and external relationship building by salespeople at IBM (2012) – As a research assistant of a project for IBM, I examined the social media use of salespeople with respect to their advice networks, and their social media use practices for building external relationships. Two papers produced from this project were presented at the national and international communication conferences and were submitted for publication. (PI: Dr. Matt Weber)
  • Methods | in-depth interviews, survey, social network analysis
  • Yahoo! Campus Innovation Award (2011) – In an attempt to create a model for integrated collaborative environments that allow people to share how they seek information and solve problems, this project explored how to optimize collaboration processes of an online collaboration tool, Coagmento. (PI: Dr. Chirag Shah)
  • Methods | in-depth interviews, experiments, diary studies, content analysis, log data analysis
  • ICT use and organizational resiliency after Hurricane Katrina (2011) – As a part of a large project funded by National Science Foundation,  I analyzed the old and new media use by organizational managers to rebuild their inter-organizational networks in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. This research is published in New Media & Society. (PI: Dr. Marya Doerfel)
  • Methods | in-depth interviews, survey, social network analysis

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