Megan Knittel


       I'm a human-computer interaction scholar who studies how culture and identity influence the way people build, use, and understand computing technology. Computing technology continues to become more deeply ingrained in our everyday lives, from autonomous vehicles to social networking and gene modification. These technologies are not just machines and lines of code - their design (and by extension, their value to the world) are fundamentally based in the beliefs and biases of the people who made them and use them. In my work I want to draw attention to the important ways these technologies relate to diversity, inclusion, and equity. 

In my work, I'm interested in questions like :

  • In what ways does computing technology relate to power inequalities in our society based on gender, sexuality, race?

  • How do people form relationships and build communities using social technology?

  • How can we make technology, and the social processes that produce it, more inclusive? 

       I am currently finishing up my first year of doctoral study at Michigan State University. I work as a Research Assistant in the Behavior & Information Technology lab under the mentorship of Dr. Rick Wash.

  • I will be attending CHI 2019 to present our late-breaking work "Understanding How 'True Bitcoiners' Work to maintain Bitcoin.