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.

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.

Anthony Pinter

Ph.D. Student
Information Science

I am a PhD student in the Department of Information Science at CU Boulder. I received my BS and MS 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 like coffee, music, and playing a variety of sports.

Blake Hallinan

Ph.D. Candidate
Communication

I am a PhD student in Communication. I received my Masters in Communication and Culture from Indiana University and a BA in English and Philosophy from Kansas State University. I am interested in the ethics of social computing and the ways of measuring affect and emotion. I love listening to darkwave, making art, and watching anime.

Morgan Klaus Scheuerman

Ph.D. Student
Information Science

I explore the ways individuals with diverse gender identities interact with technology. I grew up in Maryland, 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. My Master thesis focused on how transgender individuals' experience safety and bias with digital technologies. In my spare time, I enjoy travel, hiking, photography, and consuming snobby hipster coffee beverages in mid-century modern cafes.

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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