I’m a user experience researcher working on the News Feed product at Facebook. I use a variety of methodologies to help understand how we can make Facebook better for the people who use it. Before joining Facebook (as an employee), I was a research fellow at Northwestern University’s Social Media Lab. I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, and an B.S. in Communication from Cornell University. My academic research has focused primarily on social cognition and language, typically in the context of computer-mediated interaction.