Projects & Initiatives

I have led and/or collaborated with others on a number of projects and initiatives. The following are examples of such projects. For a complete and current project list, please contact me.

Organizing Online

  • Transnational Organizing Online: This study aimed to understand how digital spaces for transnational feminist organizing are constructed and the potentials and limitations of these spaces for organizing across differences to achieve social change goals. This participatory project also has an action goal of helping create safer and more inclusive (digital) spaces for women to gain a voice and organize collectively.
  • Hashtag activism: This interdisciplinary project has explored the use of hashtags to create or (re)claim communicative space for activism in response to domestic violence through a ‘big data’ qualitative analysis of tweets as well as interviews with victim/survivors of domestic violence who participated in #WhyIStayed.
  • Online Harassment: This project has taken an intersectional feminist approach to study online harassment as a phenomenon that constrains differently positioned women’s participation in and beyond digital space, drawing on analyses of qualitative interviews and public narratives of women who have experienced online harassment in response to their work and/or activism. It has also involved the development of teaching materials to aid educators in discussing online harassment.
  • #SheTransformsTech: This project is a collaboration with World Pulse and 27 coalition partners to crowdsource women’s voices on key technology issues and opportunities. I have been the lead researcher on this project, which resulted in the report “#SheTransformsTech: Transforming Tech for Gender Equity.”

 Organizing for Peace & Development

  • Purdue Peace Project (PPP): This project is an externally funded initiative housed at Purdue University dedicated to locally led peacebuilding in West Africa and Central America. I have been involved with this initiative in various capacities, including as co-lead researcher for our projects in Ghana and as associate director for research and operations. I continue to be a contributor to the project.
  • Women, Peace, and Security Global Polling Project: This project was a collaboration between One Earth Future’s Our Secure Future, World Pulse and ICAN/Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership to explore how women define security in the lead up to the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that mandated women’s inclusion in peace processes. I contributed by analyzing survey responses and narratives collected by World Pulse and producing “The Future of Security is Women” report.
  • #ShiftthePower: This project focuses on the concept and process of ‘shifting the power’ in the development sector, specifically the women’s development sector. It is an engaged and participatory research project involving co-design with women involved in community-based organizing globally as well as other stakeholders and partners.

Organizing Campuses & Communities

  • EAT Initiative: The EAT Initiative, or Emporia At the Table: Ending Hunger in Our Community, is an interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement project I co-founded to address food insecurity on our campus and in our local community. It was founded with the support of a high-impact learning grant from Emporia State University (ESU). This engaged project seeks change through education, research, and action.
  • Community Impact Challenge (CIC): The CIC aims to inspire students to make an impact for the common good in our local community through a grant competition. Specifically, the CIC invites ESU students to work collaboratively in teams of 3-5 to identify creative and meaningful solutions to challenges facing the campus and/or community. I co-founded the CIC, which is sponsored by Community Hornets, the Department of Communication & Theatre, and the Honors College.
  • Group Action Projects: The Group Action Project invites students to apply their knowledge and skills by working collaboratively to develop and execute an action project based on challenges facing our local community. As a group, students develop a group contract, identify a potential issue of concern, write a well-researched project proposal, and carry out a form of direct action to address this issue. Each group also provides a presentation on its research and action during the final week of class and puts together a digital portfolio of related materials.

Transforming Methods

  • Digital Ethics and Methods: I have worked with others to interrogate emergent issues related to power, ethics, and reflexivity to advance critical conversations around digital ethics and methods, including qualitative and participatory approaches to online research and ‘big data.’ I have also collaborated on an engaged project with a nonprofit online community to co-develop its ethical guidelines for research and evaluation. Example: “Privacy for whom?”
  • Engaged Scholarship and Participatory Methods: As an engaged researcher, I aim to develop and promote participatory strategies and tools for knowledge production within both academic and practitioner spaces. Example: “Explicating a relationally attentive approach to conducting engaged communication scholarship.”