Hi, I’m Matt

I’m a PhD student at UMSI. My research interests include hci/cscw/ict4sg; generative justice; the future of work (on Earth and in space). I am currently a graduate student research assistant (GSRA) at the Generative Justice lab working on a multi-year research project funded by the NSF titled, “Race, Class, and Gender Equity in the Future of Work: Automation for the Artisanal Economy”


Tawanna R. Dillahunt, Matthew Garvin, Marcy Held, and Julie Hui. 2021. Implications for Supporting Marginalized Job Seekers: Lessons from Employment Centers. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 5, CSCW2, Article 324 (October 2021), 24 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3476065

Conference Presentations

NASA MGSC ’20 – “Understanding the Emerging Role of HCI in Human Space Exploration”


UMSI PhD Student Funding
Green Transfer Scholarship

Industry Biography

Prior to becoming a PhD student at UMSI, Matt worked on classified projects for NASA’s Convergent Aeronautics Solutions and the Exploration Medical Capability element of the Human Research Program. Matt completed an internship at Tyler Technologies Public Safety Division, and has provided consulting services for MI Dept. of State, IBM Developer, and GRDC.

Academic Biography

Matt holds an MS in Information (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), with a thesis titled, “Close encounters of the HCI kind: an ethnography of human-centered approaches in space technology”, and a BA in Anthropology (Wayne State University, Detroit). Matt is currently a PhD student at the University of Michigan.

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