I am a PhD student in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. My research investigates scientific, corporate, and popular approaches to human longevity, or the systematic attempt to increase the amount of time people can live healthy and productive lives. This project fits within my overall research interests in self-optimization, health, and technology culture.

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 professional 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. I like making new connections and hearing from new people! I can be reached at rebecca [dot] jablonsky [at] gmail [dot] com