Stacey Branham uci faculty

Stacy Branham

Professor Stacy Branham’s work in accessible computing focuses on the interplay of technology, users and their community by exploring how technologies mediate colocated interpersonal relationships, specifically in regards to how they affect the physical safety and social wellbeing of marginalized people.

roderic crooks faculty uci

Roderic Crooks

Professor Roderic Crooks studies what happens when technology moves out into the world — particularly into minoritized communities. His research examines how the use of digital technology by public institutions contributes to the minoritization of working-class communities of color. 

paul dourish faculty uci

Paul Dourish

Professor Paul Dourish examines how historical and geographical contexts shape the production, design and use of IT and digital media. His focus is the transnational context in which digital technology gets designed — and the real but often overlooked implications for everything from corporate practice to public policy.

gillian hayes faculty uci

Gillian Hayes

Professor Gillian Hayes research interests are in human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, assistive and educational technologies, and health informatics. She designs, develops, deploys, and evaluates technologies to empower people to use collected data to address real human needs in sensitive and ethically responsible ways.

Melissa Mazmanian faculty uci

Melissa Mazmanian

Professor Melissa Mazmanian research interests revolve around the experience of communication technologies as used in-practice within organizational and personal contexts, specifically in relation to identity projection and the nature of time in the digital age.

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Armando beltran post-doc researcher uci


Armando Beltran’s research interest focus on using machine learning, evolutionary computing, and multi-objective optimization as tools to characterize and solve problems that emerge in everyday life and molecular biology in an ethical and human-centered manner.

Arpita Bhattacharya post-doc researcher uci


Arpita Bhattacharya’s research interests are in understanding needs and designing technologies for health, collaboration, and gaming by including marginalized communities in the design process.

Graduate Students

elizabeth ankrah uci grad student

Elizabeth Ankrah

Elizabeth Ankrah’s research lies at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Health Informatics, and Information Behavior research. Her work seeks to understand the information behavior of people with chronic illnesses as they journey through life and care. 

Phoebe Chua uci grad student

Phoebe Chua

Phoebe Chua’s research lies at the intersection of technology, culture, and hiring practices. Through conducting interviews and surveys, Phoebe’s work examines the hiring practices of top-tier technology companies.

emory edwards uci grad student

Emory Edwards

Emory Edward’s research interests are in marginalized populations and their access to, representation in, and design of technologies. I’m particularly interested in understanding and serving the needs of people with disabilities, gender expansive populations, and multiply marginalized individuals or communities.

jazette johnson uci grad student

Jazette Johnson

Jazette Johnson’s work focuses on HCI and Accessibility with an emphasis on designing and developing technologies for older adults with dementia. Currently working on understanding how various technologies can supplement the way people with dementia seek and provide various forms of social support in person as well as in online spaces such as discussions forums.

samantha mcdonald uci grad student

Samantha McDonald

Samantha McDonald is fascinated by how technology mediates civic communication, especially between citizens and policymakers. Using theories in political representation, digital democracy, and human-computer interaction to investigate how Members of the U.S. Congress use ICTs for constituent-communication, and how those technologies plays an agentic role in configuring practices of representative democracy.

benedict salazar olgado uci grad student

Benedict Salazar Olgado

Situated at the intersections of memory, technology, and archival studies Benedict’s work revolves around the preservation of information within and through socio-technical systems specifically in the context of the Global South. Benedict explores the archiving practices of communities in various states of technological, environmental, economic, and political precarity as to critique and design archives especially in relation to transitional justice. 

lucy pei uci grad student

Lucy Pei

Lucy Pei’s research looks critically at how technology intervention is framed as being for social good and how harms and extractions are also distributed alongside benefits for marginalized communities. Lucy is also interested in how immigrant and resettled refugee communities adopt digital technologies. 

Nneka Udeagbala uci grad student

Nneka Udeagbala

Nneka Udeagbala studies digital infrastructure in cities, especially infrastructures that support the provision of services and governance. Understanding how citizens interact with and conceptualize a technologically dense ecosystem can inform efforts to increase political participation at a variety of scales, ultimately empowering citizens and strengthening local communities. 

lucretia williams uci grad student

Lucretia Williams

Lucretia Williams’s research focus is on designing and improving digital mental health technology for under-represented minority college students. Her research interests also includes race & justice studies, and bias in AI.


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