I am a Learning Science and HCI researcher with a PhD from Carnegie Mellon’s HCI Institute. I design culturally-informed, early literacy and STEM education technologies that improve learning for students from low income and underserved populations. My work prioritizes identity development, belonging, enjoyment, and long term sustainability of interventions.
My research has contributed to the design of a tablet-based learning system used as a substitute for formal education by over 500 students in rural Tanzania, programmable video games codesigned with children to increase computational thinking and coding skills among low income and marginalized youth in the United States, codesign of a state-wide Artificial Intelligence middle school curriculum, and active collaboration with several schools and organizations.
As a passion project, I review children’s storybooks that celebrate African history and culture.