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I received my PhD in Technical Communication at Illinois Institute of Technology where my research focused on information visualization of identity presentation in social media. I have an interest in aesthetic, experimental, and novel visualization designs.

I have a Master of Science in Computer Science with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction from the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science degree from DePaul University in Experimental Psychology and Studio Art. My interests in art, technology, design, communication, and human behavior have given me the opportunity to combine several disciplines and develop ideas that would not otherwise be possible.

I have been painting, drawing, and writing poetry since I have been a young child, when my both my talents and interests in the visual arts became apparent. My work has been exhibited in numerous shows and have earned me both local and national recognition. I have been affiliated with Gallery 37, had work on display for the City of Chicago, the DePaul Art Museum, and even had a painting on display at the Smithsonian.

I am currently Lecturer of Digital Media at Harvard Extension School and Associate Professor Computer Information Systems at City Colleges of Chicago. I have also taught at DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media.

When I am not working, I look forward to yoga, travel, and listening to 90s grunge music.