I am an Associate Professor at the Digital Media program at Georgia Tech, where I also direct the Design and Social Justice 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 scholarship appears across disciplinary venues in design (such as Design Issues), Human-Computer Interaction (such as ACM CSCW), Science and Technology Studies (such as Science, Technology, and Human Values), as well as philosophy (such as Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy). My designs have been deployed at non-profit organizations such as the Mayo Clinic and exhibited in venues such as the Smithsonian Museum, receiving multiple awards and recognitions.
I am an editor of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, an award-winning 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.
Beyond the official bio and should you be curious about what I actually do, look for my Inside Higher Ed article where I describe my work more aptly as Conspiracy, Complaining, and Cooking (2021).