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 interest is in HCI education, particularly how we can leverage the wealth of work from design education (e.g., on perspective-taking, empathy, and creativity) to enable computing students to create inclusive, ethical, and usable software interfaces.

Prior to attending UW, I was a student at Oregon State University advised by Prof. Margaret Burnett, researching gender-inclusive software 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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