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Samantha Shorey

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Studies


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Samantha Shorey will join the faculty of the Department of Communication Studies as an assistant professor in the Fall of 2019. Shorey is a design researcher who studies how creating and building things can help us think differently about the place of technology in the social world. Her work engages overlooked stories of innovation to recognize the contributions of women to technology design—both presently and in the past. Shorey is currently a fellow at the Smithsonian Museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, where she is investigating the women who handmade computer hardware for the Apollo moon missions. Before coming to UT Austin, she was a research associate in the Tactile and Tactical Design Lab in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington. She has also worked with collaborative research teams at the University of Oxford, MIT, and most recently as a pre-doctoral intern at Airbnb. She will receive her PhD in Communication from the University of Washington. Read more about Shorey on her website here.