I am a qualitative HCI researcher, designer, and social justice activist. In my work I use qualitative methods to explore and study experiences of marginalization. I then utilize design methods to empower people in marginalized positions.
I have additional experience with UX research, educational games research, and expert crowdsourcing research.Download Research Statement
"Empowering Uncertainty Resolution for Marginalized Populations"
My thesis focuses on how marginalization can harmfully amplify the negative impact of uncertainty. I focused on two contexts of marginalization: 1) STEM learning environments for female and/or students of color and 2) social coping with interpersonal racism for adults.Download Thesis Proposal
Get in touch with me to chat about research collaboration, speaking engagements, open positions you think I should consider, or to learn more about my work!
I am currently unable to take on new undergraduate or Masters students while I finish my PhD thesis. However, I'd be happy to chat or consult on a project you are leading! You may be interested in either of my advisor's labs, the OH! Lab (Dr. Jessica Hammer) or the eHeart Lab (Dr. Geoff Kaufman).Twitter Google Scholar
Email: aato [at] cs.cmu.edu