Jeffrey  Bardzell

Jeffrey Bardzell

Professor of Informatics

HCI/d Program Director

Contact Information

(812) 856-1850
Informatics West 203
Interaction Culture Blog
Office hours: Tuesday 11:00-3:00, Thursday 11:00-3:00, appointments recommended


  • Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Indiana University, 2004
  • M.A. in Comparative Literature at Indiana University, 1996
  • B.A. in English (with Honors) at Mary Washington College, 1992

Courses Taught at SICE

  • I542 Foundations of HCI
  • I544 Experience Design
  • I590 Interaction Culture


Jeffrey Bardzell is an Professor of Informatics and Director of the HCI/Design program in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University--Bloomington. His research examines both design theory and emerging social computing practices. His work on design theory has focused on critical design, research through design, and design criticism. His research on emerging social computing practices includes critical-empirical studies on maker communities in the United States and Asia, intimate and sexual interaction, and online creative communities. A common thread throughout this work is the use of aesthetics—including the history of criticism, critical theory, and analytic aesthetics—to understand how concepts, materials, forms, ideologies, experiential qualities, and creative processes achieve coherence in design objects. He is co-editor of Critical Theory and Interaction Design (MIT Press, 2018) and co-author of Humanistic HCI (Morgan and Claypool Synthesis Lectures in Human-Centered Informatics). 

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