Allison Druin


Ph.D., University of New Mexico, College of Education
M.S., MIT, Media Lab
B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, Graphic Design


Room 2117H Hornbake Bldg, South Wing

Affiliate Work

On leave working for the National Park Service as Special Advisor for National Digital Strategy


Allison Druin has completed Masters degree from MIT Media Lab. She built a large stuffed computer named NOOBIE. Later, she co-founded a research lab at New York University. There she made the room-sized immersive multimedia environments. She received Ph.D. from The University of Mexico in College of Education. Here, she started partnering with children to create technology.


Research Interests

Representation of  children's' voice in designing new technology for kids

Recent Publications & Products

  • Ben Bederson and Allison Druin from the University of Maryland are awarded The SIGCHI Social Impact Award for 2010

  • (Radio interview in "Women of Washington" by By Federal News Radio Staff April 14, 2016 2:59 pm ) Surround yourself with people who amplify who you are".

  •  Druin, A., Foss, E., Hutchinson, H., Golub, E., & Hatley, L. (2010). Children's roles using keyword search interfaces at home. In Proceedings of ACM CHI2010, Atlanta, GA., 413-422.

  • Walsh, G., Druin, A., Guha, M. L., Foss, E., Golub, E., Hatley, L., Bonsignore, E., & Franckel, S. (2010). Layered Elaboration: A New Technique for Co-Design with Children. In Proceedings of ACM CHI2010, Atlanta, GA., 1237-1240.