Design & Social Justice Studio

I direct the Design and Social Justice Studio, an interdisciplinary research group that together examine the ethical and political dimensions of emerging technologies. Research at the studio spans both theoretical inquiry and experimental design, situated at the intersection of Design, the Humanities, and Human Computer Interaction. We design and investigate a variety of design products and services (e.g., locative media, visualizations and mapping, policy media, social and educational media) drawing on a multiplicity of feminist methods and strategies, most notably participatory and co-design methods, ethnographic methods, experimental designs.

Projects are often in collaboration with other schools on campus as well as local non-profit and cultural organizations. Schools of Electrical Engineering; Public Policy; and Biology at Georgia Tech; the iSchool at the University of British Columbia; Faculty of Culture and Society at Malmö University are among the research collaborators. The studio has also worked with organizations such as the Marcus Autism Center, the Mayo Clinic, and Fulton County Department of Health.

Researchers and students from across disciplines and levels contribute to the work of the studio. Below is a list of my current research group:

RESEARCH GROUP

Aditya Anupam (he/him)
Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests: Games, Education, STS

Aditya is Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Digital Media in December 2021 from the same department. His research is situated at the confluence of science, media, and learning. Anchored in feminist, STS, and pragmatist scholarship, he explores digital media––particularly games, simulations, and interactive visualizations––as environments to foster the learning of science as a situated practice.

Email: aanupam3@gatech.edu

Pooja Casula (she/her)
PhD Student, Digital Media

Research Interests: Social Media, Law, Policy

Pooja Casula is a second-year PhD student in the Digital Media program. Her research interest lies at the intersection of social media, tech policy, and politics, specifically in understanding how these influence democracy and political participation. Her current project investigates gendered abuse and disinformation campaigns on social media targeting women in politics as well as effective digital strategies to address them. 

Email: pcasula3@gatech.edu

Shubhangi Gupta (she/her)
PhD Student, Digital Media

Research Interests: Data, Design, Social Justice

Shubhangi Gupta is a Ph.D. student in Digital Media at Georgia Tech, advised by Dr. Nassim Parvin. She uses qualitative research methods to critically examine the role of data in the design and use of emerging technology. Presently, she is assessing the assumptions embedded in emerging technologies designed for safe mobility in India. Additionally, she aims to highlight the social inequalities these assumptions may perpetuate.

Email: shubhangi@gatech.edu

Sylvia Janicki (she/her)
PhD Student, Digital Media

Research Interests: Civic Media, Accessibility, Design

Sylvia Janicki is a first year PhD student in Digital Media with a background in landscape architecture and urban design. Her research centers on issues of access and justice in urban environments and explores the intersections of built, digital, and bodily spaces. She is currently working with Dr. Nassim Parvin in the Design and Social Justice Studio to examine embodied experiences of sensing and data production with implications for designing affective technologies in smart cities.

Email: sjanicki3@gatech.edu

Mohsin Y. K. Yousufi (he/him)
PhD Student, Digital Media

Research Interests: Smart Cities, Data, Design 

Mohsin Yousufi is a Ph.D. student in Digital Media at the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. His research is focused on exploring the application and implication of AI and Big Data to architectural design, with a focus on how these technologies can shape the experience of built-environment.

Email: myousufi8@gatech.edu

Simin Nasiri (she/her)
MS Student, Digital Media

Research Interests: Computational Design

Simin Nasiri is an MS student in Digital Media at the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. Her research is focused on exploring computational design and philosophy.

Email: snasiri6@gatech.edu

Master’s Projects

Michelle Ramirez

MS, Digital Media (2022)

Master’s Project: “Digital Ghost Stories”

Anushri Kumar

MS, HCI (2021)

Master’s Project: “Engineers Learning Ethics through Interactive Gameplay”

Yash Lara

MS, HCI (2021)

Master’s Project: “Speech on Twitter: Evaluation, Interventions and Solutions”

Huan Deng

MS, Digital Media (2020)

Master’s Project: “A Digital Gallery Experience of Cosmetics in the 20th Century US”

Pragati Singh

MS, HCI (2020)

Master’s Project: “Mapping Surveillance Cameras and Making Urban Environments Readable”

Christina Bui

MS, Digital Media (2020)

Master’s Project: “Heart Link: An Interactive Visualization of Embodied Social Connection”

Shubhangi Gupta

MS, HCI (2020)

Master’s Project: “Analyzing the Social Implications of AI in Smart Cities”

Brooke Bosley

MS, Digital Media (2018)

Master’s Project: “Retelling: An Interactive Afrofuturistic Map”

Horyun Song

MS, HCI (2018)

Master’s Project: “Untangling the Perception of Sex Difference in Biological Research”

Nick Tippens

MS, Digital Media (2018)

Master’s Project: “Came from Nothing: An Interactive Documentary”

Lorina Navarro

MS, HCI (2017)

Master’s Project: “Our Driverless Futures: Speculating Ethical Dilemmas of Self-Driving Cars”

Xiaoxue Zhang

MS, Digital Media (2017)

Master’s Project: “Health Inequity in Atlanta”

Rachel Miles

MS, Digital Media (2017)

Master’s Project: “StoryCar: Connecting Atlanta’s Past with the Present”

Megan Hamilton

MS, HCI (2016)

Master’s Project: “Designing for Conversation: A Digital Decision Aid for Diabetes Medication Choice”

Michelle Partogi

MS, Digital Media (2016)

Master’s Project: “Our AIMS: Changing Organizational Culture through Co-Design”

Tanisha Wagh

MS, HCI (2016)

Master’s Project: “An Interactive Journey through Modern Physics” 

Yasmin Amer

MS, HCI (2015)

Master’s Project: “StoryCar: Connecting Sweet Auburn: Using Locative Mobile Media to Share Stories from Atlanta’s Historic District”

Rose Peng

MS, HCI (2015)

Master’s Project: “Atlanta Beltline Exploration App”

Govind Lingam

MS, Digital Media (2014)

Master’s Project: “Ambient Skyscapes: An Ambient Weather Installation Using Interactive Projection Mapping”

Iris Sun

MS, HCI (2014)

Master’s Project: “Who Said it How (A Visual Analysis of Wendy Davis’s Filibuster News Coverage)” 

Former Members

Lu Meng

MS Student, HCI

Shreya Shenai

MS Student, HCI

Arpit Mathur

MS, HCI (2021)

Olivia Cox

BS Student, Neuroscience

Tae Prasongpongchai

MS Student, HCI, 2020

Charlie Denton

MS Student, Digital Media, 2020

Sara Mostofizadeh

MS Student, Digital Media, 2019

Da-In Ryoo

BS Student, Computer Science, 2019

Colin Stricklin

PhD Student, Digital Media, 2020

Hannah Tam

BS Mechanical Engineering, 2018

Tae Eun Kim

Visiting Research Scholar,
Digital Media, 2017

Rose Peng

Research Assistant,
MS HCI, 2015

Binjie Sun

Research Assistant,
MS Industrial Design, 2015

Mithila Tople

Research Assistant,
MS HCI, 2015

Ridhima Gupta

Research and Teaching Assistant,
MS HCI, 2016

Brighton Vino Jegarajan

Research Assistant,
MS HCI, 2015

Shaziya Tambawala

MS, HCI, 2016

Fengbo Li

MS, Digital Media, 2014

Baishen Huang

BS Computer Engineering, 2014

Yunnuo Cheng

MS HCI, 2017

Annick Huber

MS, HCI 2016

Justeen Lee

BS, Industrial Design, 2016

Ye-Ji Kim

BS Student, Computational Media