I am a PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, living in Berkeley, California. I am also a 2019 fellow at the Center for Technology, Society, & Policy at UC Berkeley, and a Contributing Editor to the CASTAC blog.
My research broadly explores the relationship between contemporary cultural values, technology practices, and the inner dimensions of mental and emotional life. Currently for my dissertation project, I am conducting ethnographic research with creators and users of meditation apps—exploring how these tools construct, reflect, and constrain contemporary opportunities for health and happiness in the digital age.
Prior to entering a PhD program, I 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