Nassim Parvin

(formerly: JafariNaimi)

Associate Professor, Digital Media
Director, Design and Social Interaction Studio
Georgia Institute of Technology



I am an Associate Professor at the Digital Media program at Georgia Tech, where I also direct the
Design and Social Interaction Studio. My research explores the ethical and political dimensions of design and technology, especially as related to questions of democracy and justice. Rooted in pragmatist ethics and feminist theory, I critically engage emerging digital technologies—such as smart cities or artificial intelligence—in their wide-ranging and transformative effect on the future of collective and social interactions.

My interdisciplinary research integrates theoretically-driven humanistic scholarship and design-based inquiry. That is, I both write traditional scholarly papers and make digital artifacts that illustrate how humanistic values may be cultivated to produce radically different artifacts and infrastructures. My papers have appeared in design venues (such as Design Issues), Human-Computer Interaction venues (such as ACM CSCW), as well as Science and Technology Studies (STS) venues (such as Science, Technology, and Human Values).

I am an editor of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, an innovative open-access journal in the expanding interdisciplinary field of STS and serve on the editorial board of Design Issues. My teaching has also received multiple recognitions inclusive of the campus-wide 2017 GATECH CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

I received my PhD in Design from Carnegie Mellon University. I  hold an MS in Information Design and Technology from Georgia Tech and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran.