2022–23 Faculty Fellow

Christina Harrington

Christina is a 2022–23 Faculty Fellow at Data & Society. Her research during her fellowship will involve examining how older African Americans experience, value, and interact with voice technologies. She will consider bias in speech-recognition interactions and the inclusion of marginalized voices in speech-recognition research.

As a designer and qualitative researcher, Christina works at the intersections of interaction design, health, and racial equity. Her background in electrical engineering and industrial design informs her focus on designing universal, accessible, and inclusive products for historically excluded groups — such as Black communities, older adults, and individuals with differing abilities — that help support and maintain their health, wellness, and autonomy. Her work includes designing and evaluating household consumer products for people with physical and sensory disabilities, and examining tech design for health disparities among older African Americans.

Christina is an assistant professor in the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and the director of the university’s Equity and Health Innovations Design Research Lab. She is also a visiting faculty researcher at Google.

She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, her master’s from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and her doctorate from Georgia Institute of Technology.