I am an Assistant Professor in the Marsal Family School of Education at the University of Michigan. I research and design AI technologies that promote language and literacy development, STEM learning, and wellbeing for children and families. I completed my Ph.D. training in Language, Literacy, and Technology at the University of California Irvine.

My current research investigate the design and effectiveness of conversational AI technologies to serve as language partners and learning companions for children, and how AI affects children’s social interactions and developmental processes. In addition, I explore children’s understanding of AI and develop programs to foster their AI literacy.

I collaborate closely with children, families, and community organizations to create media that is informed by and reflective of their linguistic and cultural assets. I partner with major organizations such as PBS KIDS and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and my research is funded by the National Science Foundation, Schmidt Futures, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

My work has been published in leading academic journals across psychology, education, and human-computer interaction, including Child Development Perspectives, Child Development, Computers & Education, and the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. I have received numerous best paper nominations and awards, and I am honored to be acknowledged as an Early Career Interdisciplinary Scholar by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD).

I am recruiting PhD students at the University of Michigan, in both the Educational Studies / Learning Technologies program and the Combined Program in Education and Psychology. Prospective students are encouraged to take a look at this short letter to learn more about the application process and what types of students my lab is looking for.

What’s New

Two Papers Accepted to ACL 2022

We have two papers accepted to ACL 2022, both focusing on automatic question generation in educational settings: