Jordan Wirfs-Brock

Human-Computer Interaction Researcher, Computer Science Educator, Data Designer

On a mission to empower people to use data as a creative material.

Hello! I’m an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at Whitman College. I earned my PhD in Information Science at the University of Colorado in Boulder, advised by Brian Keegan. My research focuses on how how unexpected mechanisms - sound, art, taste, participatory experiences - can help people understand quantitative data. I also work with voice assistants and news. During my PhD career, I also completed human-computer interaction research internships at Yahoo, Mozilla, and Spotify.

Previously, I was a data journalist with Inside Energy, a public media collaboration, where I told complex stories in approachable ways using graphics, podcasting, live performances and more. I also worked with the Piton Foundation, where I helped people use neighborhood-level data to improve their communities.

I'm a co-creator and editor of the podcast Qualia, an immersive thought experiment in sound.

Oh, and I also run a lot ;)

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