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Jean Hardy

Jean Hardy

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I am a PhD candidate entering my 5th year at UMSI co-advised by Silvia Lindtner and Tiffany Veinot. My research uses ethnographic and participatory design methods to understand how people use information and communication technologies for community formation and economic development in the rural Midwestern United States.. For more information, including publications, head over to my personal website (

Areas of Interest

Rural computing, community and economic development, participatory design, human-computer interaction, LGBTQ studies, science and technology studies

Honors and Awards

Rackham Merit Fellowship, 2015-2020
Best Provocation Award, 2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Award for Impact in Gender Diversity in Information & Technology, School of Information, University of Michigan, 2018
Best Paper Honorable Mention, 20th Annual ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2017)
Best Paper Honorable Mention, 34th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2016)


Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in English Literature and Theory, University of Washington, 2013

Master of Science in Information, University of Michigan, 2015


Jean Hardy outdoors in front of a pride flag
Designing social technology for rural areas

UMSI PhD student says current profit-focused model doesn't work. 

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UMSI announces 2018 DEI award recipients

A UMSI alumna, member of the staff and an assistant professor are recipients of the second annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards.

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