Future Students

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 academic year 2021–2022. 

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.

2021–2022 academic year

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 September 2020)
Professor Cindy Atman  
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. (Updated October 2020)
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
Associate Professor Leah Findlater I am potentially looking for 1 new student this year who is interested in accessibility. (updated September 2020)
Associate Teaching Professor Tyler Fox  
Assistant Professor Sucheta Ghoshal  
Professor Mark Haselkorn I plan to work with 1 or 2 new students interested in the design, development and assessment of a cloud-based virtual coordination environment. 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 2020)
Associate Professor Gary Hsieh I am potentially looking for 1-2 new students this year on (1) conversational agents and technologies for health and behavior change, and (2) tools to help translate academic insights into actionable resources for designers/policymakers, or bridging the research and design practice gap. (updated September 2020)
Professor Julie Kientz I am potentially looking to recruit 1 new student in academic year 2020-2021 who is interested in designing technologies for families, health, and/or education and/or understanding the impact of technology on health and education disparities. (updated September 2020)
Professor Beth Kolko  
Associate Professor Charlotte Lee I am not recruiting new students. (updated September 2020)
Professor David W. McDonald I am planning to admit 1-2 new students for Autumn 2020-2021. 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 who have interests in these topic areas. (updated September 2020)
Associate Professor Sean Munson I anticipate working with 1-3 new students in academic year 2020-2021, primarily in the areas of personal health informatics and personal data, through the lens of collaborative and social computing. That said, several students I work with are graduating, and I also am excited about the opportunities this creates for new research topics. (updated September 2020)
Assistant Professor Nadya Peek I'm looking to recruit 1-4 students for work on laboratory automation, synthetic biology, machine building, robotics, computational design, and human-machine interaction. (updated November 2020)
Associate Professor David Ribes 1-2 students working on social-organizational issues in the data sciences, AI, reproducibility, ‘convergence’, or IT in the sciences. (updated September 2020)
Associate Professor Daniela Rosner No plans to recruit new students this coming year. (updated September 2020)
Associate Professor Kate Starbird  
Professor Jennifer Turns I am potentially looking for 1 new student this year who is broadly interested in interplay between design, reflection and equity as they relate to learning in higher education. (updated September 2020)
Professor Mark Zachry Recruiting 1-2 new students for the upcoming academic year. Students working with me have interests in the dynamics of individuals and group behavior in online systems or at the intersection of such systems and lived experiences in the world. A new project in development focuses on broadening the participation of populations that are underrepresented in the knowledge commons. (updated September 2020)


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 potentially looking to recruit 1 new student in the academic year 2020-2021 who is interested in design research, discursive design, and data/IoT (updated September 2020)
Assistant Professor Benjamin Mako Hill Communication I am planning to recruit 1-2 incoming students with an interest in online communities and collaborative production. I’m particularly interested in working with students to explore big social scientific questions about why communities grow and decline as well as questions of 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 2020)
Assistant Professor James Pierce Interaction Design, in the School of Art + Art History + Design

I plan to recruit 1-2 students starting in the 2020-2021 academic year primarily in the areas of privacy, security, and data ethics (using design, ethnographic, and participatory approaches), but generally any area related to Design Research and IoT/AI/sensing. (updated September 2020)

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.