Ellie Harmon, PhD


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  1. Ellie Harmon, Chris Bopp, and Amy Voida. (2017, to appear). “The Design Fictions of Philanthropic IT: Stuck Between an Imperfect Present and an Impossible FutureProc. CHI 2017 in Denver, CO, USA. [pre-print available soon].
  2. Chris Bopp, Ellie Harmon, and Amy Voida. (2017, to appear). “Disempowered by Data: Nonprofits, Social Enterprises, and the Consequences of Data-Driven WorkProc. CHI 2017 in Denver, CO, USA. [pre-print available soon].
  3. Ellie Harmon, Matthias Korn, and Amy Voida. (2017). “Supporting Everyday Philanthropy: Care Work In Situ and at ScaleProc. CSCW 2017 in Portland, OR, USA. [ACM Link]*
  4. Amy Voida, Ellie Harmon, Willa Weller, Aubrey Thornsbury, Ariana Casale, Samuel Vance, Forrest Adams, Zach Hoffman, Alex Schmidt, Kevin Grimle, Luke Cox, Aubrey Neeley, Christopher Goodyear. (2017). “Competing Currencies: Designing for Politics in Units of MeasurementProc. CSCW 2017 in Portland, OR, USA. [ACM Link]*
  5. Lynn Dombrowski, Ellie Harmon, and Sarah Fox. (2016). “Social Justice-Oriented Interaction Design: Outlining Key Design Strategies and CommitmentsProc. DIS 2016 in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Best Paper Award (Award Rate: 1%, Acceptance Rate: 25%) [ACM Link] *
  6. Melissa Mazmanian, Ingrid Erickson, and Ellie Harmon. (2015) “Circumscribed time and porous time: Logics as a way of studying temporalityProc. CSCW 2015 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Acceptance Rate: 28%) [ACM Link] *
  7. Ellie Harmon and Melissa Mazmanian. (2013) “Stories of the smartphone in everyday discourse: conflict, tension & instabilityProc. CHI 2013 in Paris, France. pp. 1051-1060. Best Paper Honorable Mention (Award rate: 5%, Acceptance rate: 20%) [ACM Link] *
  8. Amy Voida, Ellie Harmon, and Ban Al-Ani. (2012) “Bridging between organizations and the public: volunteer coordinators’ uneasy relationship with social computingProc. CHI 2012 in Austin, TX, USA. pp. 1967-1976. Best Paper Honorable Mention (Award rate: 5%, Acceptance rate: 23%) [ACM Link] *
  9. Amy Voida, Ellie Harmon, and Ban Al-Ani. (2011) “Homebrew databases: complexities of everyday information management in nonprofit organizationsProc. CHI 2011 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. pp. 915-924. Best Paper Honorable Mention (Acceptance rate: 26%) [ACM Link] *
  10. Ellie Harmon and Nancy J. Nersessian. (2008) “Cognitive partnerships on the bench top: designing to support scientific researchersProc. DIS 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa. pp. 119-128. (Acceptance rate: 34%) [ACM Link] *
  11. Steven Dow, Manish Mehta, Ellie Harmon, Blair MacIntyre, and Michael Mateas. (2007) “Presence and engagement in an interactive dramaProc. CHI 2007 in San Jose, CA, USA. pp. 1475-1484. (Acceptance rate: 24%) [ACM Link] *

** Note: Links for ACM publications go to the ACM Digital Library where you should be able to download the definitive version of articles free of charge. Please email me if you run into any problems with this service.

Book Chapters

  1. Melissa Mazmanian, Christine Beckman, and Ellie Harmon. (2015) “Ethnography Across the Work Boundary: Benefits and Considerations for Organizational StudiesHandbook of Innovative Qualitative Research Methods: Pathways to Cool Ideas and Interesting Papers. Kimberly Elsbach and Roderick Kramer, Eds. Routledge. pp. 262-271.


  1. Ellie Harmon (2016) Commentary for alt.chi Paper: Meaning Reconstruction as an Approach to Analyze Critical Dimensions of HCI Research in Ext. abstracts CHI 2016. [ACM Link (Paywall)] or [PDF]
  2. Ellie Harmon (2012) “Edit-work: promoting interdisciplinary conversation within flagship journals” in Chima M. Anyadike-Danes et al., “Reflections on american anthropology: a conference at UC Irvine.,” American anthropologist.
  3. Brandon Brown, Marshini Chetty, Andrea Grimes, and Ellie Harmon (2006) “Reflecting on health: a system for students to monitor diet and exercise” in Ext. abstracts CHI 2006, Montréal, Québec, Canada, pp. 1807-1812. [ACM Link] *

Workshops Organized

  1. Ellie Harmon, Matthias Korn, Ann Light, and Amy Voida (2016). Designing Against the Status Quo, a workshop at Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2016), Brisbane, Australia. Proposal to appear in Extended Abstracts, Proc. DIS. [ACM Link to Proposal] * and [Workshop Website]
  1. Christina Agapakis and Ellie Harmon (2014) “DIRT”. May 1 - 15, 2014. UCLA Art|Science Center. http://dirtmap.org

    Celebrating the aesthetics of data visualization and questioning the ways we make scientific knowledge through the production of a gallery exhibit and website exploring the beauty, excesses, and limitations of a diversity of processes for representing microbes in the biological sciences.

Invited Talks

  1. Ellie Harmon (2017) “‘My Maps, My Music, My Everything’: Smartphones, Technology, and Ways to ‘Take a Break from this Life’ on the Pacific Crest Trail” at Technology on the Trail. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. https://technologyonthetrail.wordpress.com/workshop/
  2. Christine Beckman, Melissa Mazmanian, and Ellie Harmon (2015) “Rituals of Control: Creating and Living under a Budget Number” at Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  3. Ellie Harmon (2014) “ICTs as materialized relations: connection and disconnection in an age of ubiquitous computing” at Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC), Doctoral Colloquium, Fordham University, New York. September 7, 2014.
  4. Ellie Harmon (2014) “Temporal Hopes” at Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. May 21, 2014.
  5. Christina Agapakis and Ellie Harmon (2014) “DIRT” at LASER. California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) and Leonardo/ISAST, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology at UCLA. May 1, 2014.
  6. Melissa Gregg and Ellie Harmon (2014) “Mindful Labor” at Social Media and Psychosocial Wellbeing. Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ.
  7. Ellie Harmon. (2013) “Information materialities: what do they have to do with my work anyway?” at Symposium on information materialities. Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine, CA.
  8. Christina Agapakis and Ellie Harmon (2013) “Dirt: Biogeography on the Pacific Crest Trail” at Transmissions and Entanglements: Uses of inventive methods Irvine, CA.
  9. Ellie Harmon. (2013) “A dirty science ethnography of dirt” at Society for the social studies of science (4S 2013) in San Diego, CA.
  10. Ellie Harmon. (2012) “Smartphone intimacies: shifting boundaries of humanmachine subjectivities” at Society for the social studies of science (4S 2012) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  11. Ellie Harmon. (2012) “Worlding the smartphone: technologies, people and stories” at UCI visual studies conference: constructing worlds: making and breaking order. Visual Studies Department, University of California, Irvine, CA.
  12. Ellie Harmon and Melissa Mazmanian. (2011) “Smartphones and the social dynamics of busyness” at NSF sponsored symposium: `Slow down, you move too fast’: rethinking the culture of busyness and IT. University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
  13. Ellie Harmon. (2011) “Personal digital taxidermy: imagining the future-past” at Society for the social studies of science (4S 2011) in Cleveland, OH.

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