Who are we?

The Identity 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 research how people's communication and behavior are impacted by norms and rules in online communities and social media, using a combination of qualitative, quantitative and computational methods. I love data, coffee, and Dota.

Anthony Pinter

Ph.D. Student
Information Science

I am a PhD student in the Department of Information Science at CU Boulder. I received my B.S. and M.S. in Information Sciences and Technology from the Pennsylvania State University. My research focuses on the audience's role in identity construction and consumption in online environments. I love playing and coaching sports, like track!

Morgan Klaus Scheuerman

Ph.D. Student
Information Science

I explore how individuals with diverse gender identities interact with technology. I earned a B.A. in Communication & Media Studies with a minor in Gender Studies at Goucher College and a M.S. in Human-Centered Computing at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In my spare time, I enjoy travel, hiking, photography, and consuming snobby hipster coffee beverages in mid-century modern cafes.

Kandrea Wade

Ph.D. Student
Information Science

I am a PhD student in Information Science where I research algorithmic identity and the digital surveillance of marginalized groups in order to create ethical regulations, legal protections and education on algorithmic identity and digital literacy. I received my MA in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University and BA in Technical Theatre from The University of Texas at Arlington.

Undergraduate Students

We are supported by many amazing undergraduate researchers. Many projects would not have been possible without them:

Research Support

National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation

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Mozilla Foundation

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