I am a PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and am currently conducting ethnographic research on digital mindfulness practices in the San Francisco Bay Area. This project follows individual and collective efforts to cultivate habits of mindfulness in the face of dominant cultural and technological configurations that produce negative health consequences—which are often grouped and culturally understood under the blanket term of “stress.”

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