I am a PhD student in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where I am conducting an ethnographic investigation into discourses and practices of digital mindfulness in the United States. This project follows individual and collective efforts to cultivate habits of mindfulness as an alternative to dominant cultural and technological configurations that produce strain on human attention and emotion.

Prior to entering a PhD program, I was a research 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 with questions or opportunities. I can be reached at rebecca [dot] jablonsky [at] gmail [dot] com