Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE). at the University of Washington. My research is supported by a Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
My research sits at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, accessibility, and Disability Studies. My dissertation research positions people with disabilities as meaningful yet undercredited contributors to technology design. From their lived experiences, scholarship, and activism, I offer conceptual orientations and accessible practices aimed at fostering conditions for equal participation by, and recognition of, people with disabilities in design fields.
My most recent project offers an activity called biographical prototypes, which scaffolds the creation and sharing of stories of design by people with disabilities materialized through prototyping practices. prompted by research demonstrating how people with disabilities are assumed users in design professions, biographical prototypes instead show how people with disabilities have always meaningfully contributed work which often goes under-recognized. In so doing, these stories also articulate wider structural forms of ableism in which they are situated. In response, we argue that recognition is an important but partial step toward reworking design to dismantle rather than perpetuate discrimination.
Learn more about this and my other projects here.