I’ve broken down my work by various themes, as my interests have evolved quite a bit over the course of my academic career.
Political Economy of Tech
My current research explores the privatization of digitally-supported infrastructure and its implications on inequalities of access and distribution. I am wrapping up a project on Uber in Los Angeles. More to come here!
I worked with Professor Gloria Mark and scholar Yu Chen to design psychological interventions to improve and better understand student well-being through the use of computing technology (smartphones) that are already ubiquitous.
- Chen, Y., Mark, G., Ali, S., and Ma, X. (2017). Unpacking Happiness: Lessons from Smartphone Photography among College Students. Proceedings of The Fifth IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI 2017).
- Chen, Y., Mark, G., and Ali, S. (2016). Promoting Positive Affect through Smartphone Photography. Special Issue on Positive Computing: A new partnership between psychology, the social sciences, and technology, Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice. June 2016.