Katie Cunningham

Katie Cunningham
Katie Cunningham
  • Assistant Professor
3215 Siebel Center for Comp Sci

For More Information


  • Ph.D. Information, University of Michigan School of Information, 2020
  • M.S. Human-Centered Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology School of Interactive Computing, 2018
  • B.S. Computer Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona, 2013

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, July 2022 – Present
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, January 2021 – July 2022

Other Professional Employment

  • Computer Science Education Coordinator, California State Univ. Monterey Bay, July 2013-June 2016

Research Interests

  • Using methods from human-computer interaction in the context of computer science education, my research aligns computing learning opportunities with students’ goals and identity, with a long-term aim of broadening pathways to computing education at the college level.

Research Areas

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Research Honors

  • Computing Innovation Fellow (2021-2022)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2017-2020)

Recent Courses Taught

  • CS 105 - Intro Computing: Non-Tech
  • CS 500 - Topics in Comp Ed Rsrch
  • CS 591 CED - Computers and Education
  • CS 598 KMC - Found. for Comp. Edu. Research
  • CS 598 KPH - Foundations for Comp. Ed Res.

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