Meghna Gupta

Meghna Gupta

PhD Student, University of Washington

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Hi! I'm Meghna, a 1st year PhD Student in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington, where I am fortunate to be advised by Prof. Julie Kientz.

My research interests lie in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), particularly focusing on examining the emerging socio-technical practices and digital behaviors within the context of deeply personal and intimate familial relationships. In my work, I love to think about questions related to care, digital safety, and labor, and how we might design technologies that are not only equitable and safe, but also inclusive and culturally-appropriate. To achieve this, I predominantly use mixed-methods in my research, with a strong emphasis on ethnographic techniques such as interviews, observations, and surveys.

Prior to that, I spent incredible 2.5 years as a Research Fellow at Microsoft Research India, where I worked with Dr. Indrani Medhi Thies and Dr. Mohit Jain in the Technology and Empowerment Group (TEM). At MSR, I worked on research problems around information, communication, and technologies for development, especially in the Global South.

I received my bachelor's degree (honors) in computer science engineering from IIIT Delhi, where I also had the fortune to work with and be mentored by Dr. Grace Eden and Dr. Pushpendra Singh.

Connect with me at I'm always eager to discuss research, explore relevant opportunities, or engage in a friendly chat!


Peer-reviewed papers

Porous by Design: How Childcare Platforms Impact Worker Personhood, Safety, and Connection.
Caitlin Lustig, Maya A Kaneko*, Meghna Gupta*, Kavita Dattani*, Audrey Desjardins, Daniela Rosner (* = Equal Contribution)
Forthcoming at ACM DIS, 2024 | Best Paper Award

Understanding the Technology-Mediated Home Phlebotomy Ecosystem in India.
Meghna Gupta*, Nimisha Karnatak*, Mohit Jain (* = Equal Contribution)
Forthcoming at PACM CSCW, 2024

Jod: Examining Design and Implementation of a Videoconferencing Platform for Mixed Hearing Groups
Anant Mittal, Meghna Gupta, Roshni Poddar, Tarini Naik, SeethaLakshmi Kuppuraj, James Fogarty, Pratyush Kumar, Mohit Jain
ASSETS, 2023

Imagining Caring Futures for Frontline Health Work
Azra Ismail, Deepika Yadav, Meghna Gupta Kirti Dabas, Pushpendra Singh, Neha Kumar

Sophistication with Limitation: Understanding Smartphone Usage Among Emergent Users in India
Meghna Gupta, Devansh Mehta, Anandita Punj, Indrani Medhi Thies

Note: Understanding the Role of Technology-mediated Solutions for Women's Safety in Urban India
Jasmeet Kaur, Meghna Gupta, Pushpendra Singh

The Human-Air Interface: Responding To Poor Air Quality Through Lived Experience and Digital Information
Meghna Gupta, Grace Eden
ACM DIS, 2022

AICA: Artificial Intelligence Conversation Assistant
Arpit Bhatia, Meghna Gupta, Abhishek Gupta, Nishtha Singhal
ACM DIS, 2020 (Student Design Competition)

Lightly Peer-reviewed Papers

Weaponizing Cringe for Virality: Paving the Way for Democratization on Social Media
Tanvi Roy, Meghna Gupta
In Social Media and Society in India (SMSI '24)
[paper] [poster]

Seeking Digital Care in Low-Resourced Contexts: Identifying Opportunities and Challenges
Meghna Gupta
In Information-Seeking, Finding Identity: Exploring the Role of Online Health Information in Illness Experience Workshop at Computer-supported Cooperative Work (CSCW'22)

Meaning in Language: From Professional to Local Contexts
Meghna Gupta, Grace Eden
In (Coping With) Messiness in Ethnography Workshop at European Computer-supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW'20)

Academic Service


CSCW 2024, CHI 2024, CHI 2023, CSCW 2022, CHI 2022, CHI LBW 2021

Student Volunteering

DIS 2022


What does working in HCI for Global Development look like? (Introduction to HCI, Winter 2022 @ IIIT Delhi)