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 of the UW Digital Youth Lab. Currently, she is a visiting professor in the Human Computer Interaction Lab at Hasso Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam, in Germany. Her research explores the role of new media technologies in young people’s personal, social, and academic lives, with a particular focus on the intersection between networked technologies, identity development, and well-being during adolescence and emerging adulthood. 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. She was named a 2015 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, an honor that recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD. She is also the recipient of a 2015 National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award to support her research investigating how networked technologies can be leveraged to develop learners’ STEM identities and connect their STEM learning across informal and formal contexts.
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). This 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). This book represents a synthesis of the research that Katie conducted with colleagues on the Developing Minds and Digital Media Project and the GoodPlay Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education. The book explores how today’s “digital youth” are different from the youth who grew up in a pre-digital era.