I am a Senior Instructor in the Department of Computer Science at Portland State University. I am also the Freedom, Privacy, and Technology cluster coordinator for University Studies.

I teach courses in introductory computer science, human-computer interaction, and computing & society.

I conduct research about the promises, threats, and impacts of contemporary computing. I’ve studied: labor and the future of work, philanthropy and social change, microbial science, suburban family life, and possibilities for disconnection on the Pacific Crest Trail.

I also work to make computer science more broadly accessible, relevant, and welcoming. I am co-director of CyberPDX, a summer camp for broadening participation in cybersecurity. I am the faculty advisor for the PSU WiCS (We in Computer Science) student organization.

Recent Publications

Designing against the status quo

Vera Khovanskaya, Lynn Dombrowski, Ellie Harmon, Matthias Korn, Ann Light, Michael Stewart, and Amy Voida

Supporting everyday philanthropy: care work in situ and at scale

Ellie Harmon, Matthias Korn, and Amy Voida