Ph.D. Candidate in Communication, University of California, San Diego.
Entered: 1995; C Phil: 2000; Dissertation Defense passed: February 2004
M.L.I.S. in Library and Information Science, Cum Laude, University of California,
Los Angeles, 1995.
B.A. World Arts and Cultures, Theater History, University of California, Los Angeles, 1990.
Chandra Mukerji (co-chair); Geoffrey Bowker (Communication), Robert Horwitz (Communication), Martha Lamplan (Science Studies), Jim Hollan (Cognitive Science)
"Working in the Future Tense: Materializing Stories of Emerging Technologies and Cyberculture at the Institute for the Future"
Primary Research Interests
Organizational Communication, Organizational Change and New Media
How new media technologies shape narratives of traditional and emerging organizational forms and roles.
How organizational roles are staged and performed as dramatic narratives
Understanding the connections between organizational communication and performance studies
Publications and Conference Presentations
Book Proposals (in-progress)
Performing in the Future Tense at the Institute For The Future: Acting Out Cold War, Countercultural, and Bio-Digital Visions (book proposal based on the dissertation)
Boomerville, USA: The Smart Home Project (in collaboration with Professor Jim Forsher, Cal State East Bay, Department of Communication)
"Playing at work: Understanding future work practices at the Institute For the Future". Journal article collaboration with Professor Geoffrey Bowker, (UCSD Communication Department). The Journal of Information, Communication and Society, Volume 5, Number 1 2002: Special Issue "Work, Difference, and New Media Industries".
"Ethnographic Challenges in Situating Futurist Think Tank Ethnographers" Journal Article in-progress for anticipated submission to the journal Science, Technology, and Human Values.
"Re-imagining the Home of the Future: A Nexus of Competing and Emerging Narratives of Organizational Change and Ambient Computing." Journal Article in-progress for anticipated submission to the journal Organization.
"Ethnographic Challenges in Situating Futurist Think Tank Ethnographers"
abstract submitted for consideration to the European Group of Organizational Studies, for the 22st EGOS Colloquium, "The Organizing Society: (Sub-theme 30: Doing Organizational Ethnographies and Other Interpretive Methods: Issues and Concerns)," , July 6-8, 2006. University of Bergen and The Rokkan Centre in co-operation with: Norwegian School of Management SINTEF University of Oslo in Bergen, Norway.
"Futurist Think Tanks: Taming the unruly (and sometimes secret) nature of technological visions" on the panel: Foresight Industry and the 'Secrets'
Thereof: STS Perspectives. Organizers: Arthur Mason and Marjolein van Asselt
Chair/Discussant: Steve Woolgar 4S (Society for the Social Study of Science) 2005 Conference, October 20-22, Pasadena, California.
"The Smart Home: dot.Home": Presentation to the Tianjin Municipal Government - Tanggu District Urban & Rural Planning and Construction Committee City Planning Program January 10-19, 2005, California State University, East Bay, College of Business and Economics, China America Business and Education Center
"Playing at work: Understanding future work practices at the Institute For the Future": The Fifth Congress of the International Society for Cultural Research and Activity Theory, University of Amsterdam, July 2002.
"Playing at work: Understanding future work practices at the Institute For the Future". Critical Cyberculture Studies: Mapping an Evolving Discipline Conference, University of Maryland, April, 2002.
"Tools for Envisioning the Future": Co-authored paper with Professor Yrjö Engeström, Conference Presentation at the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), San Diego (October 1999).
"Tools for Envisioning the Future": Invited speaker for Colloquium Presentation at the Institute For The Future, Menlo Park, California (September 1999).
"Forecasting as the story of expanding spaces": Invited speaker for Colloquium Presentation at the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL), Menlo Park, California (August 1999).
"Forecasting as the story of expanding spaces": Conference Presentation at the Society of Philosophy and Technology (SPT), San Jose State University (July 1999).
"The State of Present and Future Diffusion of Innovations Research": Conference Planning Workshop for The Diffusion of Technology Innovations in the Networked Economy, Institute For The Future (July 1999).
"Advertising and Children's Perceptions of Future worlds": Video documentary, UC San Diego Communication Department Binacom Conference, Mexicali, Mexico (June 1998).
"Explorations of Digital Home spaces": Internal Company-wide Seminar presentation for Interval Research Corporation, Explorers Research Team: Palo Alto, CA (October, 1996).
Contributor to Technology Horizons: the Next 20 Years by Kathi Vian et. al, Institute For The Future, [SR 678], December 1999.
Contributor to Beyond Individual Identity by Kathi Vian et. al, in All the World's a Stage: A Framework for Identity, Technology, and Global Work, Institute For the Future, [SR-663b], Spring 1999.
"Linux, Solaris Software for People with Disabilities and International Legislative Resources affecting People with Disabilities": Website creation/presentation for Sun Microsystems Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility Team, Cupertino campus, CA (August 2000).
"Technology Horizons: Emerging Technologies" (Internal IFTF website): Content contributor and researcher with Kathi Vian, Director, Emerging Technologies Outlook Project, Institute For The Future, Menlo Park, CA (June 2000).
Articles (General media)
Contributing Music Reviewer to the San Diego Union-Tribune,Night and Day Entertainment section, 1998-present.
Contributing Researcher to LA Times article on "Jumpin' Jupiter", a story of the historic NASA flyby of the planet Jupiter, 1995.
Assistant Professor in Organizational Communication, Department of Communication, California State University, East Bay.
Organizational Change & Collaboration (new course in development), Fall 2006
Organizational Communication 4840, Fall 2003, 2004, and 2005
Interpersonal Communication 1004, quarterly 2003-2005
Introduction to Research Methods in Communication 3200, Spring & Fall 2004, Winter 2005, Fall 2005, Winter 2006
Introduction to Research Methods 4870, Winter, 2004, Winter 2006
Introduction to Communication, Winter, 2004, Winter 2006
Introduction to Communication Theory, Spring & Winter, 2005
Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.
COGN 175: Cultures in Cyberspace: Present and Future visions, 2002
COGN 20: Introduction to Communication, Summer Session 2002.
COGN 20: Introduction to Communication, Summer Session 2001.
COGN 20: Introduction to Communication, Summer Session 2000.
Teaching Assistant, new Sixth College, University of California, San Diego: Culture, Art, Technology
CAT I: How did Human Beings come to have Culture, Art, and Technology?, Fall 2002
Teaching Assistant, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego.
COHI 100: Introduction to Communication and the Individual, Spring 2002
COSF 139A: Law, Communication and Freedom of Expression Winter 2002
COGN 20: Introduction to Communication, Fall 2000.
COCU 100: Introduction to Communication and Culture, Winter 2000
COGN 20: Introduction to Communication, Spring 2000
COHI 116: Children and Media Practicum, Fall 1999
COHI 100: Introduction to Communication and the Individual, Spring 1999
COHI 116: Children and Media Practicum, Winter 1999
COSF 100: Introduction to Communication as a Social Force, Fall 1998
Research Associate and Distance Learning Coordinator, Laboratory for Comparative Human Cognition:
COHI 116 Children and Media Practicum, 1997-1998.
Coordinated and planned Video Distance Learning Exchanges between UCSD, UCLA, UCR, and Appalachian State University.
Implemented "Focus on the Future" sessions for the 5th Dimension, a computer games activity for young children and the undergraduates that work with them to expand a child's potential learning threshold.
Professional Service and Experience
Routledge, Journal of Information, Communication and Society, 2002
Research Affiliate, The Institute For The Future [Sep. 1998-2002]
As part of an intensive ethnographic study of this organization, I have been a participant-observer with this field site for the past four years.
Organized and facilitated Digital Storytelling Festival, Encanto, San Diego
Organized and facilitated an expert workshop on past, disruptive innovations, Winter 2001
Participate on the Emerging Technologies Outlook Team Project
Track and analyze innovative developments in interaction design
Build and maintain web pages on emerging technologies (i.e., genomics)
Conduct ethnographic field research on organizational innovation
Graduate Intern, Sun Microsystems Human Computer Interaction and Accessibility Team [Summer & Fall 2000]
Created an intranet site for Sun software developers and legal analysts
Developed an extensive list of Linux and Solaris software resources available for people with disabilities
Created and researched a list of resources for worldwide legislation affecting people with disabilities and technological workplace accommodations for people with disabilities.
Computing Center Director, Del Mar Boys and Girls Club, El Camino Housing Project Learning Center [June 1997-Nov. 1997]
Created and managed a summer program for young children in computer literacy
Conducted ethnographic analysis of children's use of computer games such as SimCity 2000.
Graduate Intern, Interval Research Corporation [July 1996-Dec. 1996]
Participated on the Explorers interaction design research team
Conducted in-depth video analysis of consumer choices for digital products.
Assisted in building scenarios for future consumer preferences
Conducted internal company seminars
Carried out literature searches, idea generation, and interaction design. Investigated new lines of research for Interval, focusing on creating novel high-tech devices for consumers.
Graduate Intern, University of Southern California (USC) Medical Library
Created and designed World Wide Web home pages for the USC Medical School and Medical Library
Assisted in the maintenance of the Norris Gopher resources on the Internet
Graduate Intern, Los Angeles Times Editorial Library [Summer 1994]
Conducted research for the Los Angeles Times newsroom. Contributed to published article on astronomical phenomenon
Awards and Grants
UC San Diego Committee On Research Grant, Co-Principal Investigator with Prof. Yrjö Engeström (1998-2000) for our study on "Designing Future Scenarios at the Institute For the Future" a preliminary study on "Designing Future Scenarios at the Global Business Network" (1998).
UC San Diego Costa-Robles Graduate Fellow [1995-1997]
California State Library Multiethnic Scholarship [1993-1995]
Library and Information Science Gordon Hein Memorial Scholarship 
California Library Black Caucus Award 
National Achievement Scholar, PSAT 
Western States Communication Association
National Communication Association
Society for Philosophy and Technology
Society for the Social Studies of Science
Association for Internet Researchers
International Society for Cultural Research and Activity Theory
California State University, East Bay:
Professor Jim Forsher, Department of Communication
Phone: 510-885-7533, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor John Hammerback, former Chair, Department of Communication
Phone: 510-885-3952, Email: email@example.com
Professor Sally Murphy, Department of Communication
Phone: 510-885-2940, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Gale Young, Department of Communication
Phone: 510-885-4853, Email: email@example.com
Dissertation Committee (in Communication):
Dissertation Chair: Professor Chandra Mukerji, Communication, and Director of Science Studies, UC San Diego. Phone: 858-534-3596, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Geoffrey Bowker, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Director, Regis and Dianne McKenna Chair, Center for Science, Technology and Society, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California 95053-0470] Phone: 408-551-1785, Fax: 408-554-2346, Email: email@example.com, http://www.scu.edu/sts
Robert Horwitz, Communication, UC San Diego. Phone: 858-534-2843, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete dossier available from the Department of Communication,
California State University, East Bay, 3011 Meiklejohn Hall, CSUEB, Hayward, CA 94542 (510) 885-3292
|Course #||Sec||Course Title||Days||From||To||Location||Campus||Textbook Info|
|COMM 3107||01||Intro to Organizational Comm||TU||10:00AM||11:50AM||MI-2002||Hayward Campus||View Books|
|COMM 4107||01||Relational Comm in Orgs||TH||10:00AM||11:50AM||MI-2106||Hayward Campus||View Books|
|COMM 4900||01||Independent Study||ARR||ARR||Hayward Campus||View Books|