Negin Dahya

Assistant Professor

Dr. Negin Dahya is an Assistant Professor in the area of Digital Youth at the University of Washington Information School, Seattle, WA. Her research is grounded in anti-oppressive education, postcolonial and feminist theory, with a focus on girls and women of color using and creating digital media.

Katie Davis

Assistant Professor

Katie Davis is an Assistant Professor at the iSchool and a founding member of the Digital Youth Lab. Her research explores the role of new media technologies in young people’s personal, social, and academic lives, with a particular focus on the intersection between technology and identity development during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Katie is the co-author with Howard Gardner of The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World (2013, Yale University Press). She holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate in Human Development and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition to publishing and presenting her research in scholarly venues, Katie regularly shares her work with parents, teachers, industry leaders, and policymakers in an effort to build connections between research and practice. Learn more about her research at: www.katiedavisresearch.com.

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.

Andy Ko

Associate Professor Andy Ko
Associate Professor

Andy Ko studies interactions between people and code with a particular focus on adolescents and new college students. He invents new learning technologies, studies cognitive, motivational, equity, issues in learning to code. His work spans computing education, human-computer interaction, and software engineering. He is also part of DUB (a grassroots alliance of HCI+Design faculty, students, and industry partners) and PLSE (UW CSE's Programming Languages and Software Engineering group).

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

Assistant 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.


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."  


Abigail Evans

Ph.D. candidate

Saba Kawas

Ph.D. student

Ada (Suhkyung) Kim

Ph.D. student

W. E. King

Ph.D. student

Kung Jin Lee

Ph.D. student

Dastyni Loksa

Ph.D. student

Lassana Magassa

Ph.D. candidate

Joanna E. Mills

Ph.D. student

Greg Nelson

Ph.D. student, Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Caroline Pitt

Ph.D. student

Ligaya Scaff

Ph.D. student

Benjamin Xie

Ph.D. student, College of Education

Student Alumni

Michael Lee


June Ahn (New York University)

Cecilia Aragon (UW HCDE)

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)

Juan Rubio (Seattle Public Library)

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)