Be in touch with me at jsolyst [at] andrew.cmu.edu
I am a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, advised by Prof. Amy Ogan and Prof. Jessica Hammer. I also collaborate closely with Prof. Motahhare Eslami. My research is at the intersection of human-computer interaction, learning science, and responsible AI.
With a commitment to social justice, I research positioning people as technosocial change agents via AI literacy and engagement opportunities. I do this through working with stakeholders to investigate and (co-)design empowering, playful, and informative experiences with and about computing technology. I focus on marginalized youth, since they are regularly impacted by computing but not often recognized as contributors to responsible AI. My research has been published in top tier HCI and learning science venues and has been awarded at ACM CHI and CSCW.
In my past, I received my BA with a double major in computer science and psychology from Mount Holyoke College and then was a Fulbright research scholar in Germany. I spent a summer with Google's TASC (Technology, AI, Society, Culture) team, and I am currently a CERES scholar with the Jacobs Foundation.