Design, Technology, and Society

Students in the Design, Technology, and Society Area investigate the interrelationship between information technology and social, political, and cultural processes and values.

This includes both the analysis of the larger consequences of informatics systems and the criticism, design, and re-design of systems to address public needs and problems. Research may involve design processes, human communication and interaction, the larger contexts of these systems (such as the legal, economic, cultural, educational, or other contexts) and the repercussions of any of these topics.

This program area supports students interested in pursuing informatics research from the intellectual traditions and methods of either the social sciences or the humanities, as well as the domains of community informatics and social informatics.


Area LeadsFaculty AffiliatesPhD Students
Name Email Department

Karrie Karahalios Computer Science
Name Email Department

Mike Yao Advertising

Patrick Vargas Advertising

Aaron Brakke Architecture

Thérèse Tierney Architecture

Ben Grosser Art & Design

M. Scott Poole Communications

Alex Kirlik Computer Science

Eshwar Chandrasekharan Computer Science

Hanghang Tong Computer Science

Karrie Karahalios Computer Science

Roy Campbell Computer Science

Tao Xie Computer Science

Emma Mercier Curriculum & Instruction

Mark Dressman Curriculum & Instruction

Michael Tissenbaum Curriculum & Instruction

Robb Lindgren Curriculum & Instruction

Rochelle Gutierrez Curriculum & Instruction

Nathan Castillo Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

Nicholas Burbules Education Policy, Organzation & Leadership

Cynthia D'Angelo Educational Psychology

Dan Morrow Educational Psychology

John Gallagher English

Spencer Schaffner English

Kevin Hamilton Fine + Applied Arts

Mei-Po Kwan Geography

Eric Benson Graphic Design

Lisa Mercer Graphic Design

John Randolph History

Vivechkanand Chunoo Human Development and Family Studies

Dan Cermak Informatics

Anita Chan iSchool

Bonnie Mak iSchool

Carol Tilley iSchool

Catherine Blake iSchool

Eunice Santos iSchool

Jana Diesner iSchool

Jerome McDonough iSchool

Jodi Schneider iSchool

Judith Pintar iSchool

Karen Wickett iSchool

Kate McDowell iSchool

Kate Williams iSchool

Kathryn LaBarre iSchool

Kyungwon Koh iSchool

Linda Smith iSchool

Lori Kendall iSchool

Madelyn Sanfilippo iSchool

Martin Wolske iSchool

Melissa Ocepek iSchool

Michael Twidale iSchool

Peter Darch iSchool

Terry Weech iSchool

Yang Wang iSchool

Yun Huang iSchool

Christopher Ball Journalism

Citlali Lopez-Ortiz Kinesiology & Community Health

Wendy Rogers Kinesiology & Community Health

Arden Rowell Law

Randall Sadler Linguistics

Eli Fieldsteel Music

Ryan Griffis New Media

Zahra Mohaghegh Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering

Scott Althaus Political Science
Name Email Area

John Bambenek Design, Technology and Society

Priscilla Boff Ferronato Design, Technology and Society

Eugene Cox Design, Technology and Society

Juan De La Rosa Design, Technology and Society

Daniela Delgado Ramos Design, Technology and Society

Gerry Derksen Design, Technology and Society

Alvarez Dixon Design, Technology and Society

Craig Evans Design, Technology and Society

Claudia Grisales Design, Technology and Society

Moazam Hakim Data Analytics and Information Visualization
Design, Technology and Society
Spatial Informatics

Xiaotong Hu Data Analytics and Information Visualization
Design, Technology and Society

Tooba Imtiyaz Art and Cultural Informatics
Design, Technology and Society

Ryan Ingebritsen Art and Cultural Informatics
Design, Technology and Society

Alexis Kim Design, Technology and Society

Susan Liepert Design, Technology and Society

Daniela Markazi Design, Technology and Society

Eunmi Moon Design, Technology and Society

Siva Ratna Kumari Narisetti Data Analytics and Information Visualization
Design, Technology and Society

Monica Porteanu Design, Technology and Society

Tanusree Sharma Design, Technology and Society

Cliff Shin Design, Technology and Society

Yaguang Sun Design, Technology and Society

Sam Walkow Data Analytics and Information Visualization
Design, Technology and Society

Ke-Rou Wang Design, Technology and Society

Tian Wang Design, Technology and Society

Pingjing Yang Design, Technology and Society


Application CoursesFoundation Courses
Number Title Notes
CMN 529 CS Communication Technologies
CMN 529 SP Theory and Research on Collaboration Technologies
EPSY 590 Advanced Seminar in Ed Psyc Course name depends on section.
INFO 555 Adv Educational Tech for Engagement & Interactive Learning
IS 520 (formerly taught as IS 518) Community Informatics
IS 578 (formerly taught as IS 590DH) Digital Humanities
IS 586 (formerly taught as IS 555) Usability Engineering
IS 590 DK Distributed Knowledge
IS 590 EL E-Learning: Social and Technical Issues in E-learning
IS 590 SD Digital Social Sciences
IS 594D (formerly taught as IS 549) The Economics of Information
MDIA 590 New Media Theory
Number Title Notes
CMN 529 MS Social Network Analysis
CS 598 KGK Social Computing
IS 507 (formerly taught as IS 542) Data, Stat and Info
IS 586 (formerly taught as IS 555) Usability Engineering
IS 590 DEL Design of Digitally Mediated Information Services
IS 590 IML Information Modeling
IS 590 IN Information Networks
IS 590 IS Information in Society
IS 590 MD Metadata in Theory and Practice
IS 590 OI Organizations, Information & Technology
IS 590 SN Social Networks and Information
PS 519 SA Content Analysis