Alannah Oleson

HCI + Design + Computing Education.


A sketch of a stick figure person sitting at a desk, writing or drawing. A thought bubble shows they are thinking: bunch of people plus laptop computer equals question mark, intending to signify: humans plus computers equals what?

I'm a PhD student in the Information School at the University of Washington, advised by Prof. Amy J. Ko in the Code & Cognition lab.

My research interests center on inclusive HCI design education, or preparing computing students and practitioners to create software that enables a wide range of diverse users. In particular, my work emphasizes concrete strategies for teaching and learning the principles of design for diverse genders, cultures, backgrounds, and other attributes of inclusion beyond traditional accessibility.

Prior to attending UW, I was a student at Oregon State University advised by Prof. Margaret Burnett, researching gender-inclusive software design as part of the GenderMag project. I founded the GenderMag-Teach effort to understand the pedagogical content knowledge that university-level educators develop as they teach their students the principles of inclusive software design.

I am a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow and formerly an Adobe Research Women-in-Technology scholar.

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