My Education

I earned my PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies in 2015. Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies was the program from which I earned my MLIS in 2009. In 2007, Elmhurst College conferred my BA.

What I Research

I research information ethics and policy issues–like student privacy–related to educational data mining technologies, such as learning analytics in higher education. I also conduct qualitative research in this area from a science and technology studies (STS) perspective.

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    Article Published on Emerging Roles for Librarians in MOOCs

    I’m happy to announce that a co-authored article of mine was recently published in the Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning.  This articles adds to a number of previously published pieces I wrote with Michael Stephens, with whom I co-taught our Fall 2013 massive open online course (MOOC) for library and information science professionals.  You […]

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    Student Privacy Bill Introduced in the House, Yet Many Questions Remain

    Following President Obama’s expressed interest in improving student privacy legislation in the K-12 domain, Reps. Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced on Wednesday (4/29/2015) H.R. 2092: The Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015.  According to The New York Times, “the bill would prohibit operators of websites, apps and other online services for kindergartners […]

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  • The Student Digital Privacy Act: Where’s the Protection for College Students?

    Student privacy advocates collectively rejoiced Monday at President Obama’s announcement of the Student Digital Privacy Act (SDPA).  As roughly outlined in his speech, the bill would extend three explicit privacy protections to students and their parents: student data could not be used for targeted advertising, student data could not be sold to or by third […]

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