Molly Steenson

Associate Professor
Carnegie Mellon University

Molly Wright Steenson is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she focuses on digital media studies.

This is her 17th SXSW Interactive and her 16th year on the Advisory Board. Yikes.

Her research focuses on the nexus of architecture, urbanism, infrastructure, design, technology and communication from the 19th to the 21st centuries. She researches architectures of information, pneumatic tube systems, postal services, and mobile phone and social media use.

She has also taught interaction design for a decade and was a professor at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy, where she led the Connected Communities research group.

Molly began working with the Web in 1995 at a wide variety of companies including Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and Razorfish. As a design researcher, she examines the effect of personal technology on its users, with recent projects in India and China for Microsoft Research and Intel Research.

Molly has a PhD in architecture from Princeton University. She holds a M.A. in architecture from Princeton, a Master’s in Environmental Design from the Yale School of Architecture and a B.A. in German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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