hi! i'm rachel!
i'm a senior at harvard college. i study internet culture and media ecosystems via folklore studies! the content on this website has not been updated since may 2022! feel free to take a look around anyway!
some work i have done in my classes:
- in a data science class I wondered whether readers would get balanced coverage about different democratic presidential candidates if they were to mainly read one mainstream liberal-leaning news source due to subscription fees. I used R to investigate this by comparing the content and frequency of headlines about different Democratic presidential candidates, and examining the composition of the readership of different news mediums and outlets.
- in my final project for Fixing Social Media, i researched why comment sections tend to be toxic spaces and designed a comment plug-in to contextualize discussions and promote healthier discourse. my teammate and I interviewed journalists and New York Times comment moderators, researched current comment spaces online, and wrote a design brief.
- i wrote a case study on Rookie Magazine and examined what made it a healthy online community.