researching means to empower marginalized groups online

Looking for a primer on my research? Check out this awesome podcast I guest-starred on!

Hello there! I’m Brianna Dym, a Lecturer at the University of Maine in the School of Computing and Information Science. In addition to teaching computer science to newcomers, I brainstorm ways to broaden participation in computing and help underrepresented groups feel more at home in the computer science classroom. This site is a place where you can find some basic information about me, my current research, and what I’ve been up to in the past few years.

I just wrapped up my PhD at CU Boulder where I worked with Dr. Casey Fiesler in the Internet Rules Lab. In the next few months, I’ll be wrapping up a lot of the amazing projects I got to be part of at CU. This work includes research on LGBTQ+ communities navigating social media platforms and their challenges. More recently, I’ve started investigating issues of ethics and equity in digital platform design. I’m also writing up findings from a series of studies about broadening participation in computing through investigating informal learning spaces, like fan communities! For more information about these projects, check out the site or my google scholar page!