Hi, I’m Matt, a design ethnographer and PhD student at UMSI. My research interests include human-computer interaction; sociotechnical systems; cyborg meaning-making. I am currently a graduate student research assistant (GSRA) at the Generative Justice lab.


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

Garvin, M. (2020, November 17). Use heuristic evaluations prior to usability testing to improve ROI. UX Collective. https://uxdesign.cc/use-heuristic-evaluations-prior-to-usability-testing-to-improve-roi-2d6d6865dd18

Garvin, M. (2020, August 31). UX scorecards: Quantifying and communicating the user experience. UX Collective. https://uxdesign.cc/quantifying-and-communicating-the-user-experience-ed0d09d4f8cf

Garvin, M. (2019, October 20). Resy and OpenTable: A comparative case study. The Startup. https://medium.com/swlh/resy-and-opentable-a-comparative-case-study-5a70085d5e51

Garvin, M. (2012, May 12). FLOW: an ethnographic encounter with Detroit, its people, and their water. Medium. https://mtthwgrvn.medium.com/detroit-a-love-hydro-ethnography-c24b5c84f12d

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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