Who are we?

The Idenitity Lab is led by Jed Brubaker, an Assistant Professor of Information Science in CU Boulder's college of Media, Communication, and Information. The lab focuses on studying and designing how identity is designed, represented and experienced in technology.


The team

Jed R. Brubaker

Lab Director
Assistant Professor

I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science at CU Boulder. I joined the faculty at CU after finishing a Ph.D. in the department of Informatics at UC Irvine. I love cat pics and gummy candies, and have never met a method I didn't like.

Katie Gach

Ph.D. Student
ATLAS Institute

I'm a digital ethnographer studying human experiences on social platforms. I currently work on memorialization and postmortem interactions. My past work looked at real name policies and kindness on discussion boards about charity campaigns. I earned an MA in Communication, Culture, and Technology at Georgetown, and a BA in Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University. I like memes, mountains, and making ice cream.

Aaron Jiang

Ph.D. Student
Information Science

I am a PhD student in the Department of Information Science at CU Boulder. I have a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. I do research in social computing, online communities, and social media. I love data, coffee, and Dota.

Ethan Hanner

Ph.D. Student
Computer Science

I am a PhD student in Computer Science, focusing on Human-Centered Computing and Information Science. I have a B.S. in Computer Science from Winthrop University, and a minor in Outdoor Leadership. My research focuses on hacktivism and other forms of online activism, and augmented and virtual reality projects. I love to play video games and spend time with my dog, Pocky.