RESEARCH STATEMENT

My research goal is to understand how people actively and passively seek, use, or ignore information. I am curious about the ways in which information, or the lack thereof, impacts one's quality of life. I explore topics such as the digital divide, library use in the U.S. and around the world, and the everyday information experiences of marginalized communities. I am drawn to mixed methods approaches and was trained as a demographer. The overarching question that I wish to answer is: What is the cross between social identity and information behavior?

My work mainly involves the information worlds of Black immigrants. Although they are hardly homogeneous, attention to the norms of African, Afro-­Caribbean and Afro­-Latinx individuals living in the U.S. is missing from current LIS research. It is also important to critically examine how LIS approaches toward immigrants are shaped by longstanding ideologies on nativity, race, ethnicity, language, class, and belonging.

I also explore the libraries/librarians at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). As part of the Digital Library Federation's (DLF) Futures Fellowship program and in partnership with HBCU librarians, I am investigating evidence-based models for recruiting and training librarians of color.
LATEST PROJECTS
  • Led a research team in completing sentiment and network analysis of #BirthrightCitizenship Twitter debate Paper excepted to Social Media & Society Conference
  • Led HBCU-related project that has culminated in five papers aimed at informing LIS education
  • Participated in iConference 2019 Poster Session and Early Career Colloquium