I'm an assistant professor of Computer Science at Macalester College in the department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.
I received my PhD in Computer Science and Engineering in June 2018 from the University of Washington, where I was an NSF graduate research fellow who worked with Richard Ladner. My dissertation topic was on exploring touchscreen accessibility for children who are blind or have low vision. I graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in 2008 with a B.A. in Physics, and spent three years working as a personal care assistant to a young man with a disability and one year working as a "Mad Scientist", doing outreach events to get elementary school children excited about science.
I am interested broadly in making STEM education and computer science more accessible for underrepresented groups and am an AccessComputing partner and a member of CSForALL. My research has focused on designing accessible programming tools such as Blocks4All and StructJumper, and I have participated in a number of outreach events, including teaching the Processing to Deaf and hard-of-hearing high schoolers at the Saturday Computing Experience and volunteering at the Empowering Blind Students in Science and Engineering workshop.
Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, biking, skijoring (cross country skiing with dogs), triathlons and roller derby.