Matthew Garvin


I am currently a field researcher in the Generative Justice lab at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. My work involves design ethnography, contextual inquiry, participatory design, speculative design, as well as organizing and facilitating design workshops with artisans from historically underrepresented communities.


  • UMSI | Ann Arbor, MI
    • MSI | 05/21
    • UX/HCI/Social Computing
  • Wayne State University | Detroit, MI
    • BA | 05/17
    • Four-field Anthropology
    • Peer mentor/President Anthropology Undergraduate Learning Community


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2020 to 2021
Research Assistant, Generative Justice Lab, Director: Dr. Ron Eglash

  • Mixed methods (qual/quant)
  • Asset-based community development

NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 2021
Innovation Design Research intern, CAS, Supervisor: Dr. Anna-Maria McGowan

  • Design Thinking
  • Complex systems

NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX 2021
UI Architect and Research intern, ExMC, Supervisor: Dr. Kerry McGuire

  • Human-centered design
  • Model based systems engineering

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2020 to 2021
Research Assistant, Social Innovations Group, Director: Dr. Tawanna Dillahunt

  • Qualitative analysis
  • Grounded theory

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2020-2021
Master’s Thesis Option, Advisor: Kentaro Toyama

  • Ethnographic methods
  • Participatory action research

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2020-2021
NASA X-Hab Challenge, Advisor: Dr. Nilton Renno

  • Conversation prototyping and design
  • NASA Platform for Autonomous Systems

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2020-2021
NASA SUITS Challenge, Advisor: Dr. Leia Stirling

  • AR prototyping and design
  • Human-in-the-loop simulation

Tyler Technologies, Troy, MI 2020
User Research intern, Public Safety, Supervisor: Gavin Pohl

  • Mixed methods
  • Usability evalutations

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 2012-2013
Peer Mentor, Anthropology, Supervisor: Dr. Sherylyn Briller

  • Mentorship
  • Learning Community President

Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS), Detroit, MI 2012
Research Assistant, African Democracy Project, Supervisor: Dr. Ronald Brown

  • Political Science research
  • Ethnography

Awards & Acknowledgements

  • International Delegation on Anthropology and Archaeology (2005) | Beijing, China
  • Honors Transfer Scholarship (2011) | Dr. Irvin D. Reid Honors College (Wayne State)
  • Peer Mentor | President Anthropological Undergraduate Learning Community
  • Relevant certifications (MOOCs & IRB) –