Jean Hardy

105 S. State Street
PhD student


I am a second-year PhD student at UMSI co-advised by Silvia Lindtner and Tiffany Veinot. My current research focuses on the use of social technologies by LGBT people in rural Michigan. I am more broadly interested in the ways in which identity and social systems, particularly sexuality, class, and rurality, affect the creation, transmission, storage, and access of information in social settings. My Masters thesis investigated the uses of location-based social technologies for gay men in rural areas of Michigan. I previously interned at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago as a project archivist and research assistant. I have a professional background working in LGBT centers on university campuses.

Areas of interest

Social computing, queer studies, STS, HCI, org studies, community archives and memory, ubiquitous computing, ethnography.

Honors & Awards

Rackham Merit Fellow, 2015-2020


Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in English Literature and Theory, University of Washington, 2013
Master of Science in Information, University of Michigan, 2015