I’m currently a quantitative social science researcher and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Michigan. My research agenda takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining communication, socio-technical, and psychology perspectives. My broad aim is to understand social connectedness in contemporary society — that is, how we accomplish our goals to connect to others in our social network. This global objective takes two more specific research tracks. The first area seeks to understand how our minds engage with communication technologies and how these cognitive processes shape user experience. The second area attempts to clarify how our social networks impact how we perceive daily social life. Together, these two research areas provide implications for the use and design of social media and social network platforms.