Organizers

Our team consists of scholars working in and across the fields of CSCW, Social Computing, and ICTD. Though we operate in different circles, there is much we see in common with each other’s work, and would like to come together — in solidarity — to explore how the field of CSCW and its people might be the better for it.

Michaelanne Dye is a Ph.D. candidate in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech and a Ph.D. Fellow at Microsoft Research. Her research lies at the intersection of social computing, ICTD, and anthropology to study the social processes involved in navigating political and economic duress and how this is mediated by social computing technologies. She has worked with underserved populations in Latin America and the United States for more than 15 years.

Neha Kumar is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech, where she conducts research at the intersection of human-centered computing and global development. She is committed to fostering a globally inclusive and intersectionally diverse field of human-centered computing. She also edits the Human-Centered Computing Across Borders blog (http://www.medium.com/hccxb).

Ari Schlesinger is a Ph.D. student in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech. She researches how we can build equity into software, hardware, and the design process. Her work uncovers strategies for addressing complicated tech problems by connecting people, systems, and infrastructure in novel ways.

Marisol Wong-Villacres is a Ph.D. student in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech. Her research interests lie at the intersection of culture, learning sciences, and social computing, with a specific focus on using an assets-based approach to designing technology for vulnerable communities.

Morgan G. Ames is a postdoctoral scholar with the School of Information and the interim associate director of research for the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. Her book The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop per Child is due out in 2019 from MIT Press. Morgan’s next project explores discourses around childhood, education, and ‘development’ in Silicon Valley.

Rajesh Veeraraghavan is an Assistant Professor at the Science Technology and International Affairs (STIA) Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is interested in understanding the role of information and technology in making systems of governance more participatory.

Joyojeet Pal is a Senior Researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets area at Microsoft Research, India. He maintains a faculty position at the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His current work focuses on the use of technology by politicians in the Global South.

Jacki O’Neill is a Senior Researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets area at Microsoft Research, India. Specializing in HCI, she conducts ethnographic studies to inform the design of innovative new technologies that take into account the social features of work, capitalize on people’s skills and knowledge, and contribute to socioeconomic development.

Mary L. Gray is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research and Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. She maintains a faculty position in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering with affiliations in Anthropology, Gender Studies and the Media School, at Indiana University. Mary studies how technology access, material conditions, and everyday uses of technologies play out in people’s lives.