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I’m an Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology with appointments in the School of Interactive Computing and the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. At Georgia Tech I direct the Public Design Workshop: a research studio for socially-engaged design.

Much of my current work is focused on smart cities, civic media, and emerging practices of community data science. Across these areas, I’m interested in how design can work to articulate issues and provide resources for new forms of collective action.

Currently, I’m particularly interested in questions such as:
• What is the role of care in data science?
• How do data practices fit within practices of commoning?
• How does data shape publics and counter-publics?
• What are the roles for design in contemporary civics?

Drawing from both fieldwork and design projects, I also theorize how design might contribute to diverse forms of political life. This is the topic of my forthcoming book, tentatively titled Collectives in the Making: Design Experiments in Civics.

I publish regularly in design, science and technology studies, and human-computer interaction journals and conference proceedings. My first book, Adversarial Design, is part of the Design Thinking, Design Theory series at MIT Press. I’m also a co-editor of the MIT Press journal Design Issues. My experimental design work has been exhibited and supported by the ZKM (Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, Germany), Grey Area Foundation for the Arts (San Francisco), Times Square Arts Alliance, Science Gallery Dublin, and the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis).

I earned a Ph.D. in Design from Carnegie Mellon University (2006). From 2006 – 2007 I was a post-doctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University with joint appointments in the Studio for Creative Inquiry and the Center for the Arts in Society.