Safety…for girls!

“Please be careful when you’re walking around on campus this week,” my husband said, looking up from his computer. He had just read Rolling Stone’s now infamous article about rape and sexual violence across the University of Virginia’s campus, and I was headed to Charlottesville the next day. I rolled my eyes, just like I did when […]

I am an “Upstate Girl”

A few years ago, I was strolling through my new neighborhood with my dog, checking out my new surroundings and saw a beautiful little house on an adjacent street. The next time my husband and I were out walking together, I excitedly ushered him down that same street, telling him all about the cute garden […]

A “Frictionless” Life

I’m sitting in Salena’s stylish office at a trendy California tech company interviewing her about her use of personal technology and she’s trying to articulate why she still spends time sending birthday cards to her friends. She explained that her job was to create and promote “frictionless” ways for people to exchange information, meaning that […]

Confessions of an Introvert

For the past two weeks I’ve been running the gauntlet of one of the major milestones in the experience of many social science graduate students – doing research in the field. For me, that means approaching strangers in public places, armed with a clipboard and a giant smile, and asking them if they’d like to […]