I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I attended the University of California, Berkeley, where I earned a B.A. in Psychology with Honors. As an undergraduate, I worked under Dr. Alison Gopnik and her graduate student Caren Walker. We studied children's developing understanding of causality, particularly within stories. In my senior year, I completed an honor's thesis with Dr. Gopnik exploring how young children understand the boundary between real and fictional worlds.
After graduating, I spent a year working at an Apple store, where I became fascinated by children's interactions with touchscreen devices. As I watched children and even toddlers immerse themselves in a digital world, I began thinking about how these tools can be used for educational purposes, both within and outside of the classroom.
In 2014, I began my graduate career at the University of Virginia under Dr. Angeline Lillard, a leading expert in education and play. Together, we study how children learn from various forms of media, including touchscreens, television, and books.