karen boyd


Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park. 2015-2020

M.B.A. Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego. 2009-2011

B.S. Business Administration, Marketing; San Diego State University. 2004-2009


"Cupper and Leecher, tinman and Shrimp Fiend: Data Science Tools for Examining Historical Occupation Data." Presented at Code4Lib 2020

Co-Host of "Work in the Age of Intelligent Machines" Workshop at iConference, 2019.

Buntain, C., Golbeck, J., Auxier, B., Assefa, B.G., Boyd, K., Byers, K. M., . . . Workneh, F. (2019, March). Analyzing a Fake News Authorship Network. Poster presentation at iConference, 2019.

Boyd, K. (2017, February) "Visualizing Theory in Context to Aid Teaching, Learning, and Applying New Ideas." Workshop position paper for Theory Transfers? Social Theory and CSCW Research” Workshop at Computer Supported Cooperative Work Conference. [Paper, data, visualization available on github]

Boyd, K. (2017, May) "Adapting Diffusion of Innovations Theory to Opaque Algorithms." Workshop position paper for “User Perceptions and Experiences with Algorithms workshop at the International Conference on the Web and Social Media.

Boyd, K., Heidenblad, D. (2016, December) Building Humane Machines in the Face of Ethical Ambiguity and Interest Conflicts. Poster Presentation at the De Lange Conference X, "Humans, Machines, and the Future of Work."

Rule, A., Tabard, A., Boyd, K., & Hollan, J. (2015, July). Restoring the Context of Interrupted Work with Desktop Thumbnails. Paper presented at CogSci 2015: The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Pasadena, CA: Cognitive Science Society.

Boyd, K., Rule, A., Tabard, A., & Hollan, J. (2016, February). Sharing, Human Values, and Computer Activity Tracking. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Companion (pp. 233-236). ACM.

Invited Talks

"Who is Responsible for User Privacy? Professional Discourse and Responsibility in Software Development" (2016, October). Center for the Advanced Studies of Communities and Information, Speaker Series.

Submitted Grants

Invited NSF AI EAGER "Finding practices that cultivate ethical development in ML and AI" with Dr. Adam Porter and Dr. Katie Shilton Not funded

University of Maryland, College Park School of Information. Research Improvement Grant Ethical Sensitivity in Training Data Curation Among Machine Learning Engineers" Funded

Research Interests

Values and Ethics in Software Design

Job Design, Organizational Structure, and Organizational Culture

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Research Skills

Data collection through human-subjects experiments; surveys (online and in-person); discourse analysis, individual structured and semi-structured interviews; usability testing; in-home prototype testing; focus groups; Internet, scholarly journal, and book review; individual interviews (semi-structured, user testing, speed dating, and more); organization inquiry; private database analysis; public and governmental agency information search

Data analysis using R, SPSS, Matlab, business and website analytic tools, Excel plug-ins, video and audio annotation tools, and a wide variety of specialized database software.

Presentation of findings and training material to a variety of audiences

Research Experience

University of Maryland, College Park. Ethics and Values in Design Lab, 2015 to present

University of California, San Diego. Design Lab (formerly Distributed Cognition and Human-Computer Interaction Lab). Research Assistant, 2014 to 2016

University of California, San Diego. Clinical Psychiatry Lab. Research Assistant, 2012

Teaching Experience

University of Maryland, College Park. College of of Information Studies. Instructor. 2020, College Park, MD

University of Maryland, College Park. College of of Information Studies. Co-Instructor. 2016 - 2017, College Park, MD

University of Maryland, College Park. Graduate School. Graduate Writing Fellow. 2016 - present, College Park, MD

The Princeton Review. Teacher and Tutor. 2014 - present, La Jolla, CA

Invited Consortia, Fellowships, and Research Institutes

ACM FAccT (née FAT*) Doctoral Consortium Participant, 2020

Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) Summer Research Institute Participant, 2019

LEADS-4-NDP Fellow 2018

University of Maryland, College Park Outstanding Graduate Assistant Awardee, 2018

ComSciCon Cornell Participant 2016

University of Maryland, College Park Dean's Fellowship Awardee 2015

Other Projects & Service

Reviewer, Computer Supported Cooperative Work Conference, 2017

Political Co-Chair, Human Rights Campaign San Diego Steering Committee 2018-2020

Junior Fellow, the Center for Advanced Studies of Communities and Information

Co-Chair, Rady School Ethics Committee 2011

Editor-in-Chief, Rady Business Journal 2010-2011

Web Marketing Director, California Clean Innovation (CACI) Conference

Board Member, Pan-American Missions, 2009-Present

Secretary of the Board, Chairman of PR/Marketing and Corporate Sponsorship Committees, Traveling Stories, 2010

Representative, UCSD Graduate Student Association 2009-2011