I am an HCI researcher, game designer, and racial justice activist.
I received my Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University where I was advised by Dr. Jessica Hammer and Dr. Geoff Kaufman. I received both my M.S. and my B.S. in Symbolic Systems with a concentration in HCI and a minor in Asian American Studies at Stanford University, advised by Dr. Michael Bernstein.
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 through Social Technologies"
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, or to learn more about my work!
I am currently unable to take on new undergraduate or Masters students while I complete my PhD thesis. However, I'd be happy to chat or consult on a project you are leading!Twitter Google Scholar
Email: a.to [at] northeastern.edu