Associate Professor of Information, School of Information and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering
Dr. Tawanna Dillahunt is an Assistant Professor of Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. Her action-oriented research involves applying her expertise in human-computer interaction with social theories of behavior change to examine how new technologies provide economic advancement and positive behavior change. She seeks to identify needs and opportunities to further explore how theories from the social sciences can be used to design technologies that have a positive impact on individual behavior. Dr. Dillahunt founded the Social Innovations Group at the School of Information as a research space for interdisciplinary collaboration to design, build and enhance technology in order to address unemployment, environmental sustainability, and technical literacy by fostering social and sociotechnical capital within communities.
Current Research Interests:
• Technology impact on individual and group behavior change
• SocioTechnical capital, employment and economic mobility
• Online search behavior as related to socioeconomic status
• Environmental sustainability and eco-feedback technologies