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Megh Marathe

Megh Marathe



My name is Megh Marathe and I use they/them pronouns. I am a PhD candidate in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. I am advised by Kentaro Toyama, and mentored by Tiffany VeinotSucheta JoshiElizabeth F.S. Roberts, and Joyojeet Pal. My research and teaching interests are in the areas of science and technology studies, computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), and disability studies.

My research examines how datafication – converting lived experience into data – amplifies or alleviates the exclusion of marginalized people. In healthcare, data-driven systems like clinical decision support systems and standardized care protocols often implement a narrow definition of wellbeing. Through the case of epilepsy, my work shows that these narrow definitions can lead to adverse health outcomes and prolonged delays in the provision of medical attention and resources to minoritized groups. Doctors can circumvent data-driven systems, but the overloaded health system provides little time and incentive to do so. Beyond the context of epilepsy, my work contributes new knowledge about how patients and doctors navigate data-driven systems in healthcare. My work addresses the broader research concern of technology’s role in shaping the lived experience and expert understandings of inequality.

My research has led to nine peer-reviewed publications at top HCI and social science venues, such as CSCW, CHI, and Time & Society (the principal critical time studies journal), and it has received a CHI Best Paper Award. My work has been presented at annual meetings of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), Society for Disability Studies, Canadian Disability Studies Association, Nordic Network on Disability Research, and American Epilepsy Society. My research is supported by competitive grants and awards from Microsoft Research and University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities, Initiative in Disability Studies, and Rackham Program in Public Scholarship.

I am committed to translating my research for audiences in public advocacy and professional practice to more directly impact the lives of marginalized people. I created public-facing podcasts for the social and economic inclusion of people with epilepsy, and I am in conversation with medical professionals nationwide on patient-centered care outcomes in epilepsy. I also built a citizen journalism platform and advocated at the United Nations for resource-constrained rural communities in India, and this work informed policymakers’ decision-making on public service technology.

Dissertation title

Understanding the Seizure in the Time of Digital Brainwaves

Fields of interest

Science and Technology Studies
Disability Studies
Computer-supported Cooperative Work
Human-computer Interaction


Bachelor of Computer Engineering, University of Mumbai, 2002 
Master of Computer Science, University of Toronto, 2007

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  1. Megh Marathe and Kentaro Toyama. 2020. The Situated, Relational, and Evolving Nature of Epilepsy Diagnosis. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 4, CSCW3, Article 217 (December 2020), 18 pages.
  2. Megh Marathe. 2020. Seizure aesthetics: Temporal Regimes and Medical Technology in Epilepsy Diagnosis. Time & Society. 29(2):420-443.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Publications[1]

  1. Megh Marathe and Priyank Chandra. 2020. Officers Never Type: Examining the Persistence of Paper in e-Governance. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 20).
  2. Megh Marathe and Kentaro Toyama. 2018. Semi-Automated Coding for Qualitative Research: A User-Centered Inquiry and Initial Prototypes. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18). Best Paper Award.
  3. Megh Marathe, Jacki O'Neill, Paromita Pain, and William Thies. 2016. ICT-Enabled Grievance Redressal in Central India: A Comparative Analysis. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD '16).
  4. Megh Marathe, Priyank Chandra, Vaishnav Kameswaran, Tsuyoshi Kano, and Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed. 2016. In search of missing pieces: A re-examination of trends in ICTD research. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD '16).
  5. Megh Marathe, Jacki O'Neill, Paromita Pain, and William Thies. 2015. Revisiting CGNet Swara and its impact in rural India. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD '15).
  6. Krittika D'Silva, Megh Marathe, Aditya Vashistha, Gaetano Borriello, and William Thies. 2014. A Mobile Application for Interactive Voice Forums: Design and Pilot Deployment in Rural India. In Proceedings of the Fifth ACM Symposium on Computing for Development (ACM DEV-5 '14).
  7. Megh Marathe, Graeme Hirst. 2010. Lexical Chains Using Distributional Measures of Concept Distance. Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing. CICLing 2010.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Posters, Workshop Publications, and Conference Presentations

  1. Megh Marathe, Russell Derry, Kentaro Toyama, Sucheta Joshi. 2020. Adding nuance to “zero seizures and zero side effects.” To be presented at the American Epilepsy Society, 2020.
  2. Megh Marathe. 2020. Seizure aesthetics: Temporal regimes and medical technology in epilepsy diagnosis. Paper presented at the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) 2020.
  3. Megh Marathe. 2019. Staging seizure: Chronic contingency in epilepsy diagnosis. Somatosphere. 2019
  4. Megh Marathe. 2019. The contingent, situated, and relational nature of epilepsy diagnosis. Human-AI Collaboration in Healthcare workshop at CSCW 2019.
  5. Megh Marathe. 2019. History as point of departure: Chronic contingency in epilepsy diagnosis. Fostering Historical Research workshop at CSCW 2019.
  6. Megh Marathe. 2019. Contingency gone right? Staging seizure in epilepsy diagnosis. Paper presented at the Society for Disability Studies (SDS) 2019.
  7. Megh Marathe. 2019. Clock time, aesthetics, and temporal design in epilepsy diagnosis. Paper presented at 4S 2019.
  8. Megh Marathe. 2019. Imagining crip self and time through the epileptic seizure. Paper presented at the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) 2019.
  9. Megh Marathe, T. Chang, L. Chowdhury, M. L. Chung, C. Su, Y. Yi, N. Banovic, A. Sample, and Gabriela Marcu. 2019. Tedious versus taxing: Needs assessment in a pediatric feeding disorder clinic. WISH symposium at CHI 2019.
  10. Megh Marathe. 2018. On the social temporality of epileptic seizures. Paper presented at the Canadian Disability Studies Association (CDSA) 2018.
  11. Megh Marathe. 2018. Theorizing time during the epileptic seizure. Paper presented at the Temporal Belongings International Conference.
  12. Purva Yardi, Megh Marathe, Kentaro Toyama. 2017. Differences in STEM gender disparity between India and the United States. HCI Across Borders symposium at CHI 2017.
  13. Megh Marathe. 2017. Examining the persistence of paper in electronic grievance redress in Madhya Pradesh. Paper presented at the Annual conference on South Asia.
  14. Vaishnav Kameswaran, Megh Marathe, Priyank Chandra, Priyamvada Pandey, and Joyojeet Pal. 2017. Usability in the field: Reflections from an HCI4D project in rural West Bengal. HCI Across Borders symposium at CHI 2017.
  15. Vaishnav Kameswaran, Megh Marathe, Tawanna Dillahunt, Joyojeet Pal, Katharina Reinecke, and Kentaro Toyama. 2016. Project Boost: Addressing the “socio” in a socio-technical system to improve income-Earning opportunities in urban America. HCI Across Borders symposium at CHI 2016.
  16. Jacki O’Neill, Megh Marathe, and Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed. 2015. Reframing ICTD: A more realistic and reflexive approach to research. Researching for Change in a Globalising Asymmetric World workshop at Critical Alternatives Conference 2015.

[1] In the field of human-computer interaction, conference publications are rigorously peer-reviewed, archived, and considered equivalent in quality, selectivity, visibility, and impact in comparison to journals.