Dharma Dailey

DSSG Human Centered Design Mentor

Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington

Dharma Dailey mentors UW DSSG teams in exploring the social dimensions of their projects. She has devoted her summers since 2018 to UW DSSG because it provides an excellent opportunity to learn from dedicated and highly capable research teams across many fields what it actually takes to contribute to a social good with data-intensive computationally assisted research. Since the 1990s, Dailey has been immersed in community-based participatory design and public policy research aimed at empowering low-income communities in the U.S. in the areas of community-controlled, community-accountable media and communications. Her research has informed federal, state, and local policy. Clients have included the Federal Communications Commission, the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, and many others. Her PhD research focused on the use of social media during crises with special attention to how information of value to crisis-affected communities is produced and diffused. As part-time faculty in the Computing & Software Systems Division of the University of Washington Bothell School of STEM she teaches User Research and Interaction Design with an emphasis on community-engaged learning. She holds a PhD and Professional Masters in Human-Centered Design & Engineering from University of Washington and a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from SUNY Empire State College.