An associate professor in regional economic and social development at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Sarah Kuhn has focused her research on the use of and the design of information technology, for which she uses social science methods to study work processes and the impact of computer technology in the workplace. These interests led Kuhn to study the process by which information technology is designed and how technical specialists are educated.
For her fellowship year, Kuhn will work on a project entitled “Design as Work/Work as Design.” Her research is an empirical study of two to three software design projects in commercial settings, and one study of the policymaking process for comparison purposes. She will address how the design process relates to issues of gender, community, and economic development.
A graduate of Radcliffe College, Kuhn earned her PhD in urban studies and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a project manager for the Digital Equipment Corporation Project at Wellesley College’s Stone Center. She has received numerous awards and honors, including a fellowship from the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies. In 1997, Kuhn won the Teaching Award from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She was the recipient of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities Challenge Grant in 1999.