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Education

 

PhD Candidate (Expected Dec. 2019)

Media & Information,

Michigan State University.

Topic: Big data, outliers, and group marginalization. 

NSF#1753635

Dissertation Committee: Casey O'Donnell (Chair), Natascha Just , John Besely , Stephanie Steinhardt.

 

2011 - 2012 

Masters of Arts Student 

Communication, Culture, and Technology,

Georgetown University. 

2005 

Bachelors of Fine Arts 

New Genres, 

Maryland Institute College of Art.  

Research Experience

2018 - Present 

Research Assistant, Michigan State University.

PI: Keith Hampton.

Project: First generation college students, social tolerance, and social media use.

2015 to 2016 

Research Assistant, Michigan State University.

PI: Emilee Rader.

Project: Designing a coordination mechanism for managing privacy as a common pool resource.

NSF #1524296

 

2013-2015

Research Assistant, Michigan State Unvirsity

PI: Casey O'Donnell 

Project: Epistemic technologies, crowdsourcing, and molecular biology. 

NSF #1330999

2012

Research Assistant, Georgetown University 

PI: Jeanine Turner

Project: Scrutinizing a telemedicine test bed. 

2011-2012

Research Assistant, Georgetown University

PI: Katy Pearce 

Project: The use of mobile internet technologies in the Caucasus. 

Publications & Proceedings

 

Tamborini, R., Novotny, E., Prabhu, S., Hofer, M., Grall, C., Klebig, B., Hahn, L., Slaker, J., Ratan, R., & Bente, G., (2017). The effect of behavioral synchrony with black or white virtual agents on outgroup trust. Computers in Human Behavior, 83, 176-183. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2018.01.037

Rader, E., and Slaker, J. (2017). The importance of visibility for folk theories of sensor data. SOUPS 2017. Acceptance rate 27%.

Pearce, K. E., Slaker, J., & Ahmad, N. (2013). Transnational families in Armenia & information communication technology use. International Journal of Communication, 7, 2128-2156.

Conference Presentations

Choi, Y., Ahmad, N., & Slaker, J. (July 2018). Deep strike: Playing gender in the world of Overwatch: A case study of Geguri in E-Sport. Paper prepared for presentation at the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto.

Slaker, J. (November, 2017). Queer confrontations with the data double. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C.

Slaker, J. (September, 2017). Insensible data: An ethnographic case study of a quantified-self application to resist employee surveillance. Paper presented at the Society for the Social Study of Science Conference, Boston, MA.

Tamborini, R., Novotny, E. R., Prabhu, S., Hofer, M., Bente, G., Grall, C., Klebig, B., Hahn, L., Ratan, R., & Slaker, J. (2017). The effect of behavioral synchrony with a virtual agent on outgroup trust. Repairing at the app clinic: A case study of an online wellness application. Paper accepted to present at the International Communications Association Conference, San Diego, CA.

Slaker, J. (2015). Repairing at the app clinic: A case study of an online wellness application. Paper presented to the Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Slaker, J. & Ratan, R. (2015, May). An experimental study of a dance video game on racial attitudes of African Americans. Paper presented to the International Communications Association Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Slaker, J., Ratan, R. (2014, October). I'm Dancing with the Man in the Mirror: An Experimental Study of a Dance Video Game on Racial Attitudes. Paper presented to Meaningful Play Conference, East Lansing, MI.

 

Huang, K.. Peng, W., Fordham, J., Day, T., Slaker, J., Ratan, R. (2014, October). The effects of social identity and trash talk on hostility and enjoyment: Paradoxical Findings from League of Legends, Paper presented to Meaningful Play Conference, East Lansing, MI.

 

Pearce, K. E., Rice, R. E., Slaker, J., & Ahmad, N. (2012, May). Demographics, means of access, & Internet activities: How do mobile-only Internet users differ from PC-only Internet users?. Paper presented to the International Communication Association Conference Mobile Preconference, Phoenix, AZ.

 

Pearce, K. E., Slaker, J., & Ahmad, N. (2012, April). Is your web everyone's web? Theorizing the web through the lens of the device divide. Paper presented at the Theorizing the Web Conference, College Park, MD.

 

Pearce, K. E., Slaker, J., & Ahmad, N. (2012, March). Mobile Internet for mobile people: Armenian labor migrant families’ use of mobile Internet. Paper presented at the Third Joint International Conference of the Pan-American Mobilities Networks & the Cosmobilities Network, Raleigh, NC.

Invited Workshops & Symposiums

 

Participant (Upcoming, Oct 2018), Doctoral Colloquium, Association for Internet Researchers, Montreal, Quebec.

Speaker (2017), “Queering the Data Double,” Queer Symposium 2017, Michigan State University.

 

Participant (2016), Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems, Summer Research Institute, Stevenson, WA.

 

Speaker (2009), “Speech Acts from Democracy in America, the National Campaign,” University of Michigan, Institute for the Humanities, Ann Arbor, MI. 

 

Speaker, (2008), Democracy in America, Creative Time at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC, NY.

 

Visiting Artist, (2007) Mildred’s Lane, Beach Lake, PA.  

Third World Newsreel, New York, NY: Production Workshop Fellow, 2006.     

 

Speaker, (2005), “Feminist curating: A roundtable discussion,” Visions in Feminism Conference, American University, D.C.  

Teaching Experience

 

Fall 2016/ Spring 2017/ Summer 2017

Teaching Assistant

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

MI 101: Understanding Media and Information

  • Fall 2016/Spring 2017 in-person lecture (350 students)

  • Summer 2017 online session (400 students)

  • Introductory course to theoretical, historical, and market perspectives of media and information technologies.

 

Summer 2015/ Summer 2016

Instructor

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

MI 401: Social Media and Society 

  • Summer 2015 online session (50 students)

  • Summer 2016 hybrid-online session (30 students)

  • Upper-level undergraduate course on the impacts of social media on labor and industry, science, consumption and social psychology.

 

Fall/Spring 2013-2015 

Co-Instructor

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

UGS 200H: Video Game Impacts: Play with Meaning (honors undergraduate)

  • Fall/Spring 2013-2014 in-person research seminar (5 students; students won first place award at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) for research project with highest social impact).

  • Fall/Spring 2014-2015 in-person research seminar (5 students)

  • Hand-on research course in which honors undergraduate students conduct media effects studies.

 

Summer 2014  

Co-Course Development

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

MI 401: Science Fiction and Technology

  • Hybrid-online session (45 students)

  • Received the 2015 MSU AT&T Instructional Technology Award for the design of this course.

  • Examination of relationships between science fiction themes and mediated lived experience.

 

Fall 2012/ Spring 2013

Teaching Assistant

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

MI 401: Digital Media and Social Impacts of Video Games

  • Fall 2012 in-person seminar (50 students)

  • Spring 2013 in person seminar (40 students)

  • Overview of digital games from an interdisciplinary perspective, including as an economic powerhouse, a cultural artifact, an educational tool, and a persuasive intervention.

 

Summer 2012

Instructor

Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Digital Photography and Enhancements 

  • 15 pre-college students from international population

  • Digital photographic methods and industry application. Development of digital editing and manipulation software skills.

 

Summer 2004

Instructor

Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Introduction to Black and White Photography  

  • 10 pre-college students from domestic (U.S.) fine arts high schools

  • Exposure to historical techniques of print photography. 

Grants & Awards

 

National Science Foundation (Award #1753635): Dissertation Improvement Grant, “Big Data, Outliers, and Group Marginalization,” 2018 ($14,624). 

 

Michigan State University: Department of Media and Information Studies, Thomas F. Baldwin Endowed Fellowship, 2015 ($2,000).

 

Michigan State University: AT&T Faculty Instructional Technology Award of Excellence, 2015.

 

Michigan State University: Department of Media and Information Studies, Outstanding Doctoral Student Education Award, 2014 ($500).

 

Michigan State University: Communication Arts and Sciences Summer Research Excellence Fellowship, 2013 ($3,600).

 

University of Michigan: College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts, Artist Grant, 2009 ($2,000).                

 

Maryland Institute College of Art: Presidential Scholarship in Arts Excellence, 2001-2005 ($17,000).

 

Maryland Institute College of Art: Art Recognition Award, 2001-2005 ($5,000).

 
Professional Service

2017- Present

Graduate Student Representative, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University. 

2014-2015

Graduate Student Union Representative, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University.

2013-2015

Undergraduate Research Mentor, Honors College of Michigan State University. 

Reviewer: 

New Media and Society; Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers, Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association, the International Conference on Information Systems, and the Annual Meeting on Human Factors in Computer Systems (CHI) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Professional Membership

 

American Anthropological Association

Association of Internet Researchers

International Communication Association

Society for Social Studies of Science