Katie Davis is Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School, Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW College of Education, and a founding member and Co-Director of the UW Digital Youth Lab. Currently, she is a visiting research scientist in the Human Computer Interaction Lab at Hasso Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam, in Germany. Katie’s research explores the impact of digital, interactive, and networked technologies on young people’s learning and development. She uses the insights from her empirical work to design technology experiences that support positive youth development. Her work bridges the fields of human development, human-computer interaction, and the learning sciences.
Katie holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate in Human Development and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the faculty at the UW iSchool, Katie worked with Howard Gardner and colleagues as a Project Manager at Harvard Project Zero, where she was a member of the GoodPlay Project and Developing Minds and Digital Media Project research teams. In addition to publishing and presenting her research in scholarly venues, Katie regularly shares her work with parents, teachers, business leaders, and policymakers in an effort to build connections between research and practice.
In addition to her journal and conference publications, Katie is the co-author of two books:
Writers in the Secret Garden: Fanfiction, Youth, and New Forms of Mentoring, co-authored with Cecilia Aragon (2019, MIT Press). Drawing on ethnographic and data scientific methods, the book offers an in-depth examination of the novel ways young people support and learn from each other though participation in online fanfiction communities.
The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, co-authored with Howard Gardner (2013, Yale University Press). The book explores the role of networked technologies in three developmentally salient areas of young people’s lives: their sense of personal identity, their experience of intimacy, and the way they express their imaginations.