I am a PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, currently living in Berkeley, California. My dissertation ethnographically investigates the cultural significance of meditation apps, exploring how their design and use shapes the contemporary experience of stress and mental health.
Prior to entering a PhD program, I was a fellow at the Center for Technology, Society, and Policy at UC Berkeley, where I conducted a research project that investigated how neighborhood watch was enacted on the social network Nextdoor.com. I’ve also worked as a research-focused User Experience Designer in the SF Bay Area, after earning a Master’s of Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and an MA in Psychology from New York University.
Feel free to contact me with questions or opportunities. I can be reached at rebecca [dot] jablonsky [at] gmail [dot] com