PhD in HCI

PhD students can come from a variety of disciplines and colleges, with a focus on HCI. Students typically apply to the college where they will receive their core disciplinary training, and in the process, choose to work with faculty members who are in the HCIL. The following are just a few examples of pathways that students can take:

Computer Science

Students can apply to earn their PhD in Computer Science, with a focus in HCI. Students should choose to work with CS faculty that focus on HCI including:

  • Leilani Battle
  • Niklas Elmqvist
  • Jen Golbeck
  • Michelle Mazurek

Information Studies

Students could also decide to pursue their PhD in Information Studies, with a focus in HCI. You will want to choose to work with iSchool faculty who focus in HCI:

  • Prof. Jenny Preece
  • Assoc. Prof. Niklas Elmqvist
  • Assoc. Prof. Jen Golbeck
  • Assoc. Prof. Kari Kraus
  • Asst. Prof. Joel Chan
  • Asst. Prof. Eun Kyoung Choe
  • Asst. Prof. Hernisa Kacorri
  • Asst. Prof. Amanda Lazar
  • Asst. Prof. Yla Tausczik
  • Asst. Prof. Jessica Vitak

Other Departments

There are also other departments with faculty who are members of HCIL and have a focus on HCI.

American Studies

  • Assoc. Prof. Jason Farman


  • Asst. Prof. Tamara Clegg


  • Assoc. Prof. Ira Chinoy

Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

  • Prof. Neil Fraistat


  • Prof. Kent Norman