Information and Computer Science
Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute
2 West Loop Road
New York, NY, 10044
nixdell (at) cornell.edu
I will be on sabbatical from January to December 2023 and I am generally not taking on any new students, postdocs, interns, projects, or collaborations during this time.
I am an Associate Professor at Cornell University based at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City. I am also a part of the Jacobs-Technion Cornell Institute. I advise students in the departments of Information Science and Computer Science. At Cornell, I am a member of the Center for Health Equity, the Digital Life Initiative, the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and I co-founded the Clinic to End Tech Abuse.
My research interests are in human-computer interaction (HCI), computer security and privacy, and information and communication technologies and development (ICTD). I work to study, build, and deploy sociotechnical systems that improve the lives of underserved communities in the United States and around the world. To achieve this goal, I utilize an interdisciplinary combination of techniques, including: (1) qualitative research to identify and understand the challenges faced by underserved communities; (2) measurement studies and analyses of existing technologies and usage patterns; (3) designing and building novel socio-technical systems that empower people to overcome challenges they face; (4) evaluating the systems I build through fieldwork and deployments with underserved communities; and (5) engaging with companies, governments, and non-profit organizations to transition the results of my work into practice. I believe that working "backwards"---from concrete, real-world problems to new theories and methodological frameworks---maximizes the potential for near-term societal impact while advancing the foundations of HCI research.
I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. My research is generously supported by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Google, Facebook, Mozilla, JPMorgan, and others.