I would like to call myself a sociotechnical information scientists. Currently, I am working as a data scientist for Indeed’s product science team. I am also affiliated as a researcher with Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. Formerly, I was an assistant professor in the School of Information at Kent State University and 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 followed 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 investigated 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 explored the role of social media in social transformations.
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.