Katie Davis

Katie Davis
Associate Professor

Katie Davis is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School, Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW College of Education, and a founding member and Co-Director of the UW Digital Youth Lab. Her research explores the impact of digital media technologies on young people’s learning, development, and well-being. She uses the insights from her empirical work to design technology experiences that support positive youth development. Her work bridges the fields of human development, human-computer interaction, and the learning sciences. 

Karen Fisher

Professor Karen Fisher

Karen Fisher teaches and conducts research on how people experience information as part of everyday life, with emphasis on the interpersonal aspects of information behavior, the role of informal social settings in information flow and its connection to happiness, as well as the broad impacts of information and communication technologies. Her current work asks how ethnic minority youth seek information and use technology on behalf of other people, especially older family members.

Alexis Hiniker

Alexis Hiniker
Assistant Professor

Alexis Hiniker is an assistant professor at the iSchool, where she studies Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and builds technologies for children and families.  She also studies the design of manipulative, addictive, and exploitative technologies for users of all ages. Hiniker is a member of UW’s design-use-build grassroots alliance in HCI+D, and she holds a Ph.D. in Human Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Harvard. For more, visit http://alexishiniker.com.

Amy Ko

Amy Ko

Amy studies computing education in secondary and post-secondary settings, particularly as it relates to broadening participation, equity, and justice. She’s particularly interested in helping youth understand the limits of code, data, and machine learning, and empowering educators to teach these limits in inclusive and equitable ways. She draws upon expertise in computer science and learning sciences, and primarily publishes in CS education and HCI venues.

Jin Ha Lee

Jin Ha Lee
Associate Professor

Jin Ha Lee is an Associate Professor and the MLIS Program Chair at the Information School in University of Washington, and the director of the GAMER (GAME Research) Group. Her research interests include: music, game, and multimedia information seeking and retrieval, information organization and access, and knowledge representation. She is a recipient of the Fulbright Award for Graduate Study as well as the Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Award and the Berner-Nash Memorial Award for her dissertation research, “Analysis of Information Features in Natural Language Queries for Music Information Retrieval: Use Patterns and Accuracy.”

Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin
Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor for Children and Youth Services

Dr. Michelle H. Martin is the Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor for Children and Youth Services in the Information School at the University of Washington and from 2011-2016 was the inaugural Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina. She published Brown Gold: Milestones of African-American Children’s Picture Books, 1845-2002 (Routledge, 2004) and co-edited Sexual Pedagogies: Sex Education in Britain, Australia, and America, 1879-2000 (with Claudia Nelson, Palgrave, 2003).

Jason Yip

Associate Professor

Jason Yip is an assistant professor at the Information School in University of Washington. His research examines how technologies can support parents and children learning together. He is a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation Cyberlearning project on designing social media technologies to support neighborhoods learning science together. He is the director of KidsTeam UW, an intergenerational group of children (ages 7 – 11) and researchers co-designing new technologies and learning activities for children, with children. Dr. Yip is the principal investigator of a Google Faculty Research Award project that examines how Latino children search and broker online information for their English-language learning parents. He is a senior research fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. He holds a B.A. (2001) in chemistry and M.S.Ed (2002) in science and math education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. (2014) in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland. Learn more about Yip's work with KidsTeam UW and the CTRL+F Lab.


Mike Eisenberg

Professor and Dean Emeritus Mike Eisenberg
Professor and Dean Emeritus

Mike Eisenberg and co-author Bob Berkowitz created the Big6 approach to information literacy. He has worked with thousands of students--pre-K through higher education--as well as people in business, government, and communities to improve their information and technology skills. His current work focuses on information, communications, and technology (ICT) literacy, information credibility, and information science education K-20.

In Memoriam

Eliza Dresang

Beverly Cleary Professor Eliza Dresang
Beverly Cleary Professor in Children and Youth Services

Eliza Dresang contributed to the iSchool until her passing on April 21, 2014. She studied digital youth information behavior and resources influenced by the digital environment. Her 1999 book Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age is cited for its Radical Change Theory which posits a positive fundamental shift in reading interaction for children because of digitally designed books and hypertext-like formats; subsequently Radical Change theory has been applied to the study of youth information behaviors. Three national conferences have been held on Radical Change theory. Her other research interests involved early literacy initiatives, youth and cultural diversity, intellectual access to information, leadership in technology, and evaluation of library services. She served on the Newbery Award (as chair), Jane Addams Children's Book AwardCaldecott AwardBatchelder Award (as chair), Notable Children’s book (as chair), Odyssey Audiobook Award, and Phoenix Picture Book Award (as chair) Committees and on the Board of the Association of Library Service to Children. In 2007, she was chosen for the American Library Association/Scholastic Publishing Award presented annually for "unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people."  

Current Students

Charles Bugre

Ph.D. student

Stefania Druga

Ph.D. student

Jayne Everson

Ph.D. student, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Chris Fu

Ph.D. student

Rotem Landesman

Ph.D. student

Anh Le

Ph.D. student

Kung Jin Lee

Ph.D. candidate

Lassana Magassa

Ph.D. candidate

Caroline Pitt

Ph.D. Candidate

Mara Kirdani Ryan

Ph.D. student, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Benjamin Xie

Ph.D. candidate

Student Alumni

Abigail Evans

Saba Kawas

Wes King

Michael Lee

Dastyni Loksa

Joanna E. Mills

Greg Nelson


June Ahn (New York University)

Cecilia Aragon (UW HCDE)

Anne Beitlers (UW College of Education)

Philip Bell (UW College of Education)

Margaret Burnett (Oregon State University)

Lisa Castaneda (Foundry10)

Tamara Clegg (University of Maryland)

Betsy DiSalvo (Georgia Tech)

Carl DiSalvo (Georgia Tech)

Sarah Dryden-Peterson (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Carmen Gonzalez (UW Communications)

Carrie James (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Jennifer Jenson (York University)

Vikki Katz (Rutgers University)

Julie Kientz (UW HCDE)

Joshua Lawler (UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences)

Min Li (UW College of Education)

Jenny Radesky (University of Michigan)

Juan Rubio (Seattle Public Library)

Jessica Schleider (Stony Brook University)

Petr Slovak (King's College London)

Kiley Sobel (Duolingo)

Mega Subramaniam (University of Maryland)

Lori Takeuchi and Michael Levine (Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop)

Katie Headrick Taylor (UW College of Education)

Carrie Tzou (UW Bothell)