Alumna Highlight: Lindah Kotut
November 13, 2023
Linda Kotut is an assistant professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. She completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, where she was advised by Dr. Scott McCrickard. She holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from Norfolk State University and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Georgia Southern University.
Her research is at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Indigenous Knowledge (IK). She looks at how people tell stories both online and offline and the role that technology plays in the telling. Lindah is particularly interested in communities that do not have equitable access to storytelling tools and technology, those that are resource-challenged, and those that are marginalized. She seeks to highlight how learning from these underrepresented stories can inform the design of tools to amplify other communities to tell their own stories offline and online. This more broadly informs techniques that offer key opportunities to understand other emerging and growing areas in computer science, including ethics, privacy, (cyber)security, and fairness and accountability in algorithm design.