I am an Assistant Professor in the Human-Centered Computing Department at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. I study, design, and prototype human-centered technologies focused on the contexts of food systems, hunger, non-profit organizations, and eGovernment systems. My work contributes to the fields of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, and design. My research explores the practices within and the design of the socio-technical systems meant to contend with large systemic social issues (e.g., hunger). The goal of such work is to understand the limitations and strengths of applying design methods to contemporary social issues. My work focuses on food systems and related issues of food access, food sovereignty, and food justice. Given these interests and commitments, I explore themes of power, empowerment, politics, ethics, values, advocacy, and justice within the context of the design and use of sociotechnical systems.

To conduct my work, I use qualitative, design, and technical methods to explore the boundaries of sociotechnical systems. I earned a M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction and Design from Indiana University and have practical design experience as a User Experience Research Intern for Google’s Gmail team. I received technical training while earning my  B.S. in Computer Information Systems and Web and Digital Media Development from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. These experiences inform my design practice which situates design and technology within social processes.

I am grateful to have my research funded by the following: Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing, The Newkirk Center For Science and Society, and UCI’s Graduate Division Public Impact Fellowship Program.

Previously, I attended the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine, where I was co-advised by Gillian R. Hayes and Melissa Mazmanian. Lastly, I am a former member of the following organizations: Social and Technological Action Research GroupLaboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction, and the Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing.

Contact Information:

lsdombro (at) iupui.edu
IT 583
Human-Centered Computing Department
School of Informatics and Computing

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