Shaowen Bardzell is an Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Design in the School of Informatics and Computing and the Affiliated Faculty of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University. She specializes in socio-cultural computing, with an emphasis on emotional, intimate, and embodied experiences, a series of research themes that contribute to the broader agenda of feminist Human Computer Interaction (HCI) that she is developing. Recent work has focused on exploring the intersections between HCI's rising interest in social change and feminist social science, sexual and intimate interactions, everyday aesthetics, and the application of critical and cultural theories for developing concept-driven design strategies. Professor Bardzell co-directs the Cultural Research In Technology (CRIT) Group at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.
The project investigates the notion of quality in craft and how it contributes to our understandings of aesthetic interaction, experience design, embodied interaction, and design activism in Human Computer Interaction (HCI).
Work environment and institutional setting
Funded in 2000, the School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) at Indiana University was the first IT school of its kind. It goes beyond the traditional computer science and focuses on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to computing research and education. Her tenure home, "Human Computer Interaction Design" is one of the programs in SoIC and takes a design-oriented perspective on HCI, one that is influenced by the Arts and the Humanities.