I am an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech, with a joint appointment in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Interactive Computing. My research lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction/design and global development. I was trained as a computer scientist, designer, and ethnographer at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, and thrive in spaces where I can wear these three hats at once. My team of students and I study mobile and media practices in underserved settings, and use our findings to inform appropriate technology design and deployment. Areas we work in include access, health, education, as they intersect with mobile technology adoption and design. Together, our research projects and collaborations take us to India, Bangladesh, Cuba, Ecuador, and other countries. Read more about our lab–TanDEm (short for Technology and Design for Empowerment) here

More Info: I got my Ph.D. in December 2013 from UC Berkeley’s School of Information under the incredible guidance of Prof. Tapan Parikh. That was after my Master’s degrees at Stanford University, first in Computer Science and then in Learning, Design, and Technology. In between those degrees, I worked at Microsoft Corp. for two years, as a software design engineer on the Powerpoint team. I did my undergrad at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Computer Science and Math.

From Fall 2013, I spent almost two years as a post-doctoral researcher. I was a Research Associate at the University of Washington, where I was mentored by Profs. Richard Anderson and Gaetano Borriello in the Computer Science and Engineering department. I was also at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication as their Digital Diversity Postdoc. That’s a lot of school. At heart, I’m covered in blue and gold. A decade at Berkeley can do that to you.

For Students: Please feel free to get in touch with me at neha dot kumar at gatech dot edu (I may not respond right away but I respond eventually). I am happy to provide any guidance I can, whether you are a prospective or current student. I work best with students who are passionate, committed, honest, and willing to work hard. I aim to be an honest, supportive, and responsible advisor/mentor to all the students I work with.