Amy J. Ko is a Professor at the University of Washington Information School and the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering (courtesy). She directs the Code & Cognition Lab, where she and her students study computing education, human-computer interaction, and humanity's individual and collective struggle to understand computing and harness it for creativity, equity, and justice. With her collaborators, she's invented many tools and programming languages to support debugging, program understanding, reuse, and learning; founded and sold a venture-backed startup; developed numerous ways to weave equity and justice into computing education pedagogy, culture, and technology; and impacted local, state, and federal K-12 CS education policy through community organizing and advocacy. Her work spans more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, with 18 receiving paper awards and 4 receiving most influential paper awards. She is an ACM Senior Member, a member of ACM SIGCHI, SIGCSE, and SIGSOFT, and a member of the SIGCHI Academy, for her substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction. She received her Ph.D. at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, and degrees in Computer Science and Psychology with Honors from Oregon State University in 2002.
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Deconstructing CS Culture
Modern computing culture is unquestionably exclusionary. In education, students who are Black, Hispanic, women, women, gender non-conforming, disabled, or divergent in many other way from the...
Searching for Justice in Programming Language Design
From its earliest days, computing has been an eclectic project of capitalism, war, colonialism, and white supremacy. Its central Western values of utility, efficiency, rationality, and...
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