I am a sociotechnical information scientists and an assistant professor in the college of communication and information, School of Information at Kent State University. I held a Post-Doctoral research fellow position at the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania (2014-2015). I received my Ph.D. in Information Studies form College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University. My research is formed around the interplay between social and technical phenomena. I follow this approach in two areas of inquiry.
My doctoral research focused on knowledge production processes in data-intensive, collaborative and multidisciplinary communities of practice. I, specifically, studied the knowledge production processes in archaeological communities of practice. Archaeological knowledge is a good example of complex challenges we face in the study of knowledge. I am interested to understand how we reason and come up with what we know in situations dealing with uncertainty, vagueness and lack of information. This is one of the challenges that I faced during my works on the integration of information technology in cultural heritage practice. In my research, I focus on how archaeologists construct their epistemic narratives from recorded pieces of information. In this process, I look at the way they collaborate and the performativity of information technologies.
In another research trajectory, I am looking at the cultural differences in new media use and the relationship between social change and digital technologies. Relying on sociotechnical approaches to social media studies and conceptual frameworks developed in Science Technology Studies (STS), I am exploring the role of social media in social transformations. For example, I am investigating how Social Networking Sites (SNS) contribute to the creation of online public spaces.
I also received my Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Tehran. In addition to practicing as an architect in Iran, I worked in the preservation of historical monuments and sites before joining the Encyclopaedia of Iranian Architectural History (EIAH) in 2006, where I was the director of the ICT Department (2006-2009), with the goal of creating infrastructure for meaningful integration of information technology into cultural heritage practices.