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Faculty PhD student recruitment

The following HCDE faculty advise graduate students, and some have provided statements about whether they plan to work with new students in the upcoming year.

Even though faculty capacity and match can change, we particularly encourage you to look into faculty who plan to work with new students, as difficult admission decisions often come down to advising capacity.

Because plans change based on how research progresses, which grants are awarded, and changing commitments for faculty and current students, consider identifying faculty in your application who describe appealing openings and faculty who most strongly match your research interests, even if they are not currently planning to work with new students in the coming year.

2023–2024 academic year - Check back for updates in October 2022

Faculty member PhD recruitment plan
Professor Cecilia Aragon

I’m looking to admit 1 or 2 new PhD students this coming year who are interested in human-centered data science, text visualization, or visual analytics. (updated August 2022)

Professor Cindy Atman  
Assistant Teaching Professor Sarah Coppola I am not recruiting new students (updated June 2022)
Associate Teaching Professor Brock Craft I am not recruiting students but may co-advise or serve on committees for students interested in visualization, data science, and interaction design for embedded systems. 
Assistant Professor Sayamindu Dasgupta I am potentially looking for 1-2 students this year who are interested in designing and studying ways in which young people learn with digital technologies. (Updated September 2022)
Assistant Teaching Professor Kristin Dew I am not recruiting students but may coadvise or serve on committees for up to 1 more student interested in design approaches to sustainability concerns. (Updated September 2022)
Associate Professor Leah Findlater I am potentially looking for 1 new student this year who is interested in accessibility. (updated September 2022)
Associate Teaching Professor Tyler Fox I am able to coadvise or serve on committees for up to 1-2 more students interested in design areas that align with my expertise (STEAM, discursive design, more-than-human design approaches, service design, transition design, design in the age of climate catastrophe). (Updated June 2022)
Assistant Professor Sucheta Ghoshal I am looking for 1-2 students this year who are interested in community-centered design with a special focus on issues of race, gender, class, and caste. (update September 2022)
Professor Mark Haselkorn

I am potentially looking for 1 or 2 new students interested in complex region-wide project based on Community-Centered Design. This environment is intended to transform management of the Seattle transportation corridor from a system based on individual agencies (distinct jurisdictions, missions, technologies, policies, practices) to one based on shared data, systems and operational concepts for collaborative regional awareness, coordinated actions, and cooperative information sharing. (updated September 2022)

Associate Professor Gary Hsieh I am potentially looking to recruit one new students this year on (1) conversational agents and technologies for health and behavior change, or (2) tools to help translate academic insights into actionable resources for designers/policymakers, or bridging the research and design practice gap. (updated September 2022)
Professor Julie Kientz

For the Fall 2023 admissions cycle, I plan on recruiting 1 new PhD student who is passionate about co-designing technologies relating to supporting families and/or youth. (updated August 2022)

Professor Beth Kolko I am not recruiting new students. (updated September 2022)
Associate Professor Charlotte Lee I am not recruiting new students. (updated August 2022)
Professor David W. McDonald I am planning to admit 1-2 students to start in the Autumn 2023 for the 2023-2024 academic year. My research is mostly related to social computing, and I have been developing work in Human-Centered AI/ML. On-going social computing projects are studying WIkipedia, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikidata. Human-Centered AI/ML projects consider methods for human centric evaluations of AI/ML tools and design techniques leveraging AI/ML tools. I’m looking for students with interests in these topic areas to join me and my current students working in these areas. (updated August 2022)
Associate Professor Sean Munson I anticipate working with 1-2 new students in academic year 2023-2024, primarily in (1) personal health informatics and personal data, through the lens of collaborative and social computing and (2) application of human centered design to mental health interventions. Before reaching out with questions about my research group, please read this page (updated August 2022).
Assistant Professor Nadya Peek I'm looking to recruit 1-4 students for work on laboratory automation, synthetic biology, machine building, robotics, computational design, DIYbio, digital fabrication, and human-machine interaction. (updated August 2022)
Associate Professor David Ribes 1-2 students with an interest in social studies of infrastructure - such as for health, the sciences, AI, etc.. (updated August 2022)
Associate Professor Daniela Rosner No plans to recruit new students this coming year. (updated August 2022)
Associate Professor Kate Starbird I am looking to recruit one new PhD student who is interested in A) exploring how mis- and disinformation spread online and how we can design solutions to address those issues; or B) conducting ethnographic work on multi-stakeholder data collaborations in the mis/disinformation space. (updated August 2022)
Professor Jennifer Turns No plans to recruit new students this coming year. (updated October 2021)
Professor Mark Zachry Recruiting 1-2 new students interested in the interactions of individuals and group behavior in online systems or at the intersection of such systems and lived experiences in the world. Students I am working with now are working on projects related to online community support for young adults, moderation of online communities, and augmented reality to support collaborative interactions. (updated September 2022)


Additionally, the following adjunct faculty (faculty with primary appointments in other departments but who also hold appointments in HCDE) have expressed interest in recruiting and working with HCDE PhD students. You might also identify them in your application, but we discourage you from listing only adjunct faculty: we require doctoral students to have a co-adviser in HCDE as well, since it helps to have a mentor and advocate who is in the same department as you.

Who Primary Appointment PhD recruitment plan
Assistant Professor Audrey Desjardins Interaction Design, in the School of Art + Art History + Design I am looking to recruit 1 student interested in methods such as research-through-design, participatory methods, and design research; and the space of care, care work, equitable work conditions, and childcare. (updated September 2022)
Assistant Professor Benjamin Mako Hill Communication I am open to working with 1-2 incoming students with an interest in social computing, online communities, and computational social science. I'm particularly interested in working with students to explore questions about digital public goods, online community, community governance, and informal learning. Although my students draw from a range of methodological and epistemological traditions, most do at least some large-scale computational and data scientific analysis. (updated September 2022)
Assistant Professor James Pierce Interaction Design, in the School of Art + Art History + Design I am looking to recruit and/or co-advise 1-2 students interested in any, and ideally several, of these areas: interaction design, speculative design, participatory/ethnographic/qualitative methods, Internet of Things, digital sensing, surveillance, privacy, security, and data ethics. (updated September 2022)

Many HCDE PhD students are also co-advised by and work with UW faculty in HCDE or other units, through collaborations that emerge during their time in the program.