Julia (Schroeder) Ticona is a graduate student in the University of Virginia’s Sociology department. She graduated from Wellesley College with honors in sociology and was awarded the Rt. Hon Ann Clewyd Human Rights Award. She was awarded her MA in 2011 and is currently working on her dissertation. Julia’s research interests focus on technology, culture, and social change. She is particularly interested in the ways that people make meaning about their everyday use of personal technologies in different institutional settings (home, work, school).