Neha Kumar

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 work lies at the intersection of human-centered computing 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 research engages feminist perspectives and assets-based approaches towards designing technologies for underserved communities. 

I got my Ph.D. in 2013 from UC Berkeley’s School of Information, where I was advised by Prof. Tapan Parikh. That was after my Master’s degrees at Stanford University, in Computer Science and Learning, Design, and Technology. In between those, I worked at Microsoft Corp. as a software design engineer on the Powerpoint team. My undergrad was spent at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Computer Science and Applied Math, but mainly volunteering for Asha for Education.

I spent a memorable year as a Research Associate at the University of Washington, where I was mentored by Profs. Richard Anderson and Gaetano Borriello in Computer Science and Engineering. I was also at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication as their Digital Diversity Postdoc. A decade at Berkeley kept me loyal to the Bears. Four years into Georgia Tech, though, and I find myself increasingly drawn to the white and gold.

Learn more about our lab–TanDEM (short for Technology and Design for Empowerment on the Margins). TanDEM alumni are now changing the world at inspirit to continue our work on virtual reality and learning, and MakerGhat on fostering community knowledge networks among underresourced contexts in Mumbai.

Working with students, to me, is the greatest joy of the academic life. If you are interested in the research we do at TanDEM and would like to get involved, definitely reach out to any of us anytime!