Dr. Parvin is an associate professor at the digital media program at Georgia Tech, where she also directs the Design and Social Justice Studio. Her research explores the ethical and political dimensions of design and technology, especially as related to questions of democracy and justice. Rooted in pragmatist ethics and feminist theory, she critically engages emerging digital technologies—such as smart cities or artificial intelligence—in their wide-ranging and transformative effect on the future of collective and social interactions.
Her interdisciplinary research integrates theoretically-driven humanistic scholarship and design-based inquiry. She both writes traditional scholarly papers and makes digital artifacts that illustrate how humanistic values may be cultivated to produce radically different artifacts and infrastructures. Her papers have appeared in design venues (such as Design Issues), human-computer interaction venues (such as ACM CSCW), as well as science and technology studies (STS) venues (such as Science, Technology, and Human Values). Her designs have been deployed at nonprofit organizations, such as the Mayo Clinic, and exhibited in venues such as the Smithsonian Museum, receiving multiple awards and recognitions. She is an award-winning educator and one of the lead coeditors of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, an innovative journal in the expanding interdisciplinary field of feminst STS.