Hi, I’m Michael Ann (she/her)! I am an interdisciplinary social/behavioral scientist working in Human-Computer Interaction and Social Computing. I specialize in Human-Artificial Intelligence Collaboration in the context of social systems, especially social platforms. My research closes gaps in understanding between users and AI-driven social systems to enable sustainable, intentional, and mutually beneficial Human-AI collaboration. I develop and employ in-depth, qualitative, participatory methods to examine and address friction and distrust-inducing disconnects, often in the context of marginalized identity and communities. I contribute both new theory and practical design implications, drawing from and building on work in Human-Centered Computing (HCC), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Computer Mediated Communication (CMC), Social Computing, and Cognitive Psychology.
I do much of this work as a member-researcher, bringing my research expertise to communities that I am a part of, such as the LGBTQ+ community. I embrace my identity as a transgender woman, lesbian, and neurodivergent person in my research, and encourage others to do the same. I also mentor junior researchers who want to learn how to do this kind of research in their own marginalized communities.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Computing Innovation Fellow in the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, where I work in the Identity Lab. Prior to coming to CU Boulder, I earned my PhD in Media, Technology, and Society at Northwestern University‘s School of Communication, where I also specialized in Cognitive Science and worked in the Social Media Lab.
In the very small sliver of my life that exists outside the bounds of academia, I’m mostly into cats (all kinds), robots (friendly), space (outer), guitar (loud), and overly-involved roleplaying games (wizards).
- I’ve joined the CHI 2023 Program Committee as an AC, and I’m very excited about helping execute the newly-revised R&R process.
- Exciting news! If you’re coming to CSCW 2021, you’re going to be treated to a barnburner of a panel. Look out for “Do We Fix it or Burn it Down? Towards Practicable Critique at CSCW,” moderated by my friend and colleague Jacob Thebault-Spieker, featuring myself and some of my favorite researchers: Stevie Chancellor, Niloufar Salehi, Alex Leavitt,, Katta Spiel, and David Karger.
- I’m happy to announce that I am now part of the CSCW 2022 Program Committee – excited to help shepherd amazing new work in my field!
- I’m extremely proud to announce that the bulk of my dissertation will be part of CSCW 2021 and the October issue of PACMHCI as “Adaptive Folk Theorization as a Path to Algorithmic Literacy on Changing Platforms”
- I’m happy to announce that I have joined the CSCW 2021 program committee.
- I’ll have two new papers out at CSCW 2021, a new first-author “Values (Mis)alignment: Exploring Tensions Between Perceived Platform and LGBTQ+ Community Design Values” with my team from Northwestern, and “‘Facebook Promotes More Harassment:’ Social Media Ecosystem, Skill, and Marginalized Hijra Identity in Bangladesh” with Fakiya Nova and her team at Marquette.
- Happy to announce that I’ve defended my dissertation and am now Dr. Michael Ann DeVito, PhD. I’m going to be moving into a new research position in January at the University of Colorado, Boulder as a CRA Computing Innovation fellow in the Department of Information Science.
Michael Ann DeVito. 2022. How Transfeminine TikTok Creators Navigate the Algorithmic Trap of Visibility Via Folk Theorization. In Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, in press.
Michael Ann DeVito. 2021. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 5, CSCW2, Article 339.
Michael Ann DeVito, Ashley Marie Walker, and Julia R. Fernandez. 2021. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 5, CSCW1, Article 88.
Fayika Farhat Nova, Michael Ann DeVito, Pratyasha Saha, Kazi Shohanur Rashid, Shashwata Roy Turzo, Sadia Afrin, and Shion Guha. 2021. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction. 5, CSCW1, Article 157.
Ashley Marie Walker and Michael Ann DeVito. 2020. Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.