Background

I am a PhD candidate at Indiana University working on a dual degree in cognitive science and computational linguistics. I also work with the computer science department, however I am not pursuing a degree there.

I have a BA in linguistics with a minor in anthropology from Reed College. I began a masters in computer science at Portland State, and completed it at Johns Hopkins. Between finishing my MSE and starting my PhD, I spent a year as a research programmer working on machine translation.

Non-academically, I served on the board of directors at Free Geek where I also volunteered as a build instructor and system administrator. And, while at Portland State, I worked at the CAT teaching Perl and doing system administration for the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Activism

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
They are endowed with reason and conscience
and should act towards one another in a spirit of fellowship.

(Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1)

An important part of my life is social justice activism. Due to the intersectional nature of marginalization and oppression, we cannot dismantle any one form of injustice without also tackling other forms of injustice. While it may at times be pragmatically useful to focus on particular topics, like sexism or racism, these systems of oppression reinforce one another and cannot be easily (nor meaningfully) untangled. Consequently, I take an extremely wide view of my work towards liberation. My aim is the liberation of all people from all forms of social injustice.

My activism includes but is not limited to issues of gender/sexuality (especially femme/feminine positivism, transgender, genderqueer, bisexuality, asexuality, polyamory, and kink), physical & mental ability (especially depression, PTSD, anxiety, chronic fatigue, dyslexia, visual impairment, and mobility impairment), physical, sexual, & psychological abuse, disordered eating, race, class, poverty, colonialism, homelessness, and the digital divide.

I write about these issues on my blog and on twitter. As a starting point for my essays on the subject: this is my definition of “feminism” and “sexism”. Much of my activism is about dismantling Silence Culture. And I currently assume a projectivistic theory of identity.

Hobbies

For fun I read (scifi, fantasy, romance,…), play games (boardgames, videogames, tabletop roleplaying,…), listen to music, and drink way too much coffee. Physically I’m into biking, hiking, and dancing; I was formerly into rockclimbing, fencing, tai ji quan, & aikido, and would love to find communities to get back into them.